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


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


“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


“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


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

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