Villas-Boas: Lloris now No.1

Andre Villas-Boas admits that Hugo Lloris has won the battle
with Brad Friedel to be Tottenham Hotspur’s first-choice
goalkeeper.

Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon before the summer transfer window
closed, but initially had to wait for his chance in the Premier
League as Villas-Boas kept faith with Friedel.

However, Lloris has started the last five league games, with
Villas-Boas confirming veteran keeper Friedel has accepted the
situation.

“Yes at the moment you have to say so,” said Villas-Boas when
asked if Lloris had won the battle to be No.1.

“It was difficult for Hugo at first. We recognise it was not
easy for him at that time. There were expectations for him to come
straight into the team.

“The transfer was completed just before the Norwich game in
August and Brad performed extremely well in that game.

“After that we gave a sequence of games to Brad, using Hugo more
in the Europa League, although we included him against Aston Villa
to give him experience of Premier League opposition. He was very
patient.

“I can see Brad coming back into the team because I certainly
respect what he has done for us.

“We are extremely happy with our goalkeepers’ competition. When
the decision was in favour of Brad, Hugo accepted it and now the
decision has fallen in Hugo’s favour, Brad accepts it.”

Villas-Boas, though, did confirm that another of his goalkeepers
– Heurelho Gomes – is likely to be leaving White Hart Lane in the
January transfer window.

The Spurs boss added: “We don’t doubt Gomes’ abilities but we
are looking for a possible solution in January to help him in his
situation.

“With Carlo Cudicini, we have four wonderful goalkeepers.”

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