Lloris ‘expects’ Spurs starts

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says he is “expecting” to play at

new club Tottenham – but has vowed to be patient and wait for his


Lloris, a transfer deadline day signing from Lyon, was left on

the bench again as Friedel, 41, made his 307th consecutive Premier

League appearance in Spurs’ 3-1 win at Reading on Sunday.

Tottenham boss Villas-Boas had already warned 25-year-old Lloris

that he faced a battle to dislodge the dependable American stopper

and, as expected, Friedel was preferred for the Premier League

clash at the Madejski Stadium.

But the Portuguese may decide to give Lloris his chance in

Thursday’s clash against Europa League opponents Lazio.

“Things were very clear from the start on Sunday,” Lloris told

French newspaper L’Equipe. “I was at Tony Parks (Tottenham’s

goalkeeping coach) and Brad Friedel’s disposal.

“That pitch, that atmosphere, that gives you desire to play.

Moreover we got three points that made us start our season.

“For me, it is a period to manage. Obviously I have desire. I

came here to play.

“I am at the club, I know where I have to go to. I had a talk

with the coach, as he said, and I know everyone at Tottenham wanted

me to come.

“So indeed, I am in an adaptation period, I’ve had very few

training sessions, and there are players that I didn’t know. But I

am expecting time on the pitch.”