Lloris Returns To Tottenham After Three-Month Absence

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris warms up for the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on January 22, 2020. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris returned for his first appearance under Jose Mourinho against Norwich on Wednesday after over three months out with a dislocated elbow.

The French number one suffered the injury in conceding the first goal of a dispiriting 3-0 defeat to Brighton in early October.

Just over a month later, Mourinho replaced the sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

The 32-year-old returned to training earlier this month but was not expected to feature until early February.

However, with Spurs badly in need of a win against the Canaries to boost their chances of a top-four Premier League finish, Mourinho dropped Paulo Gazzaniga to the bench, despite the Argentine saving a penalty in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Watford.

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Vorm Returns To Tottenham Over Lloris Absence

Tottenham Hotspur player Michel Vorm (R) comes in for the redcarded Tottenham Hotspur player Hugo Lloris during the UEFA Champions League, Group B football match between PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur on October 24, 2018 at Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands – Photo Joep Leenen / Pro Shots / DPPI

 

Tottenham have re-signed goalkeeper Michel Vorm on a deal until the end of the season to cover for the injured Hugo Lloris.

The 35-year-old was released by Spurs in the summer but has been unable to find a new club.

Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in a humbling 3-0 defeat at Brighton last week and has been ruled out for the rest of the year.

Vorm has returned to the club to strengthen the goalkeeping ranks, where Paulo Gazzaniga is the only fit senior professional.

A club statement read: “As a free agent, Michel has been able to re-sign outside of the two designated annual transfer windows and will provide additional goalkeeping cover following the elbow injury sustained by Hugo in the match at Brighton earlier this month.”

Vorm initially joined Spurs in 2014 from Swansea and made 47 appearances in five years as an understudy to Lloris.

His last outing was in a 2-2 Champions League draw at PSV Eindhoven last October.

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Lloris Out For Two Months, Says Deschamps

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lies injured after Brighton’s French striker Neal Maupay scores his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 5, 2019. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will “almost certainly” be out of action for the rest of the year after his horror injury at the weekend, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday.

“It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available,” said Deschamps as France players gathered for their next Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland on Friday and Turkey three days later.

“What matters to us right now is that he will not be with us for this round of games or for the next.”

France face Albania and Moldova in November.

Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in conceding the opening goal of Spurs’ 3-0 defeat by Brighton on Saturday, dropping a cross before falling backwards and landing badly.

The Spurs goalkeeper was given oxygen and morphine as he was carried from the field before being taken to hospital.

“Almost certainly, he won’t be back on the pitch in 2019,” said Deschamps.

Steve Mandanda will take over in goal for France against Iceland while Paulo Gazzaniga, who replaced Lloris on Saturday, is likely to continue in the role for struggling Spurs.

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Lloris Urges Tottenham To Learn From Mistakes

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 29, 2018. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Captain Hugo Lloris has warned Tottenham they risk blowing their Premier League and Champions League hopes unless they cut out the errors after a nervy win against Wolves.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, cruising at 3-0 midway through the second half, weathered a late fightback from the home side to win 3-2 at Molineux on Saturday.

Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put Spurs in control before league debutant Juan Foyth gave away two spot-kicks, converted by Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.

Goalkeeper Lloris warned that Spurs had to tighten up after losing leads against Inter Milan and PSV in Europe already this season.

“We need to learn,” he said. “It is not the first time this has happened in the Champions League and in the league that the opponent created chances in the last minutes of the game. It is something we need to improve.

“It is the responsibility of the players. Of course the manager has his expectations and so do the staff and I think they try to give us the main tools and then it is about our emotions, our feelings.

“If we have to play a different way, we have to play a different way. We could have managed the game in another way. At 3-0, you do not have to press. It is about communications, feelings and is more up to the players.”

Lloris is banned for Tuesday’s must-win Champions League visit of PSV while Mousa Dembele is an injury doubt after coming off at Molineux with an ankle problem.

“We have shown in the last few years that Tottenham have a way of playing and we try to respect the plan but I think there are a lot of things to learn,” said Lloris.

“We cannot control everything in the game but we can do better with the ball.”

Newly-promoted Wolves slipped to their third straight defeat despite their late rally.

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Lloris Hails France’s Mental Strength After Germany Win

France’s national football team’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris  photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Tottenham ‘keeper Hugo Lloris hailed the mental strength that saw World Cup winners France overcome a patchy opening period to beat Germany 2-1 on Tuesday.

Germany traveled to the Stade de France looking for the win that would salvage their Nations League campaign, and some pride, following their disastrous World Cup.

Joachim Loew’s side got the start they wanted when Toni Kroos fired a 14th-minute penalty past Lloris.

But after a much-needed half-time pep talk from coach Didier Deschamps, the hosts emerged after the interval to see Antoine Griezmann level just after the hour, and he clinched the win by converting an 80th-minute penalty.

Les Bleus captain Lloris was one of several players who admitted the hosts had desperately needed to raise their game against a rejuvenated Germany side that showed plenty of promise.

“When we lift our level, the players’ talents really come to the fore,” said Lloris.

He also hailed France’s defensive efforts in the closing minutes.

“We had to stay alert at the back… stay calm and composed so as not to concede the second goal.”

Following a scoreless draw against Germany in Munich, a 2-1 win over the Netherlands and a tense 2-2 draw with Iceland, France sit top of Group 1.

Germany is bottom on one point after failing to register a win in the competition so far following their draw with France and a humbling 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands at the weekend.

Despite an average age of 25, France is showing maturity beyond their years — a tendency vice-captain Raphael Varane believes was crucial to their World Cup success.

“We managed to win the World Cup thanks to our mental qualities, despite some difficult moments,” said Varane. Although he is only 25, the central defender has already won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

He added: “We have to keep these values, and not allow panic to set in. We have confidence in ourselves, and we know what we’re capable of.”

Yet without Griezmann making the difference on Tuesday, and the telling contribution of second-half substitute Kylian Mbappe against Iceland, France would have perhaps been faced with their first defeat since March.

Atletico Madrid star Griezmann admitted the first half against Germany “was much like how we played against Iceland.

“We weren’t ourselves, either in the one-on-ones or in terms of the efforts we made for each other.

“The coach and the players talked at half-time and in the second half we saw the team that won the World Cup.”

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Spurs Boss Pochettino Backs Under-Fire Lloris After Barcelona Error

Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Photo: Glyn KIRK / AFP 

 

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on Friday backed under-fire goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after his costly error against Barcelona in the Champions League.

The French World Cup winner returned to the side for the first time since August on Wednesday but made a rash decision in the build-up to Barcelona’s opening goal in the 4-2 victory for the Spanish side at Wembley.

Pochettino defended Lloris against his critics, saying everybody makes mistakes.

“He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” he said. “That has not changed. Nothing has changed in my mind, how I think about him.”

Spurs face Cardiff on Saturday at Wembley in a match that looks more straightforward but Pochettino is cautious.

“We have full respect for Cardiff. It will be a tough game. In the Premier League there are no easy games.

“The most difficult game is the one that everyone outside of the team believes you can win. We must be at the same level, otherwise we will struggle.”

The 46-year-old manager said despite the Champions League defeat, his team had shown they have the strength and attitude to compete with top sides.

“Of course to win this type of match you need to be lucky and not make a mistake,” he added.

“Of course how we started the game was so difficult and tough, the worst way you can think or prepare, but that is football. The most important thing is how we reacted and how the team fought and never gave up.”

Defender Jan Vertonghen has a hamstring injury and looks likely to be out of action for a few weeks.

Pochettino suggested he was frustrated with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for publicly discussing the situation before Spurs had the chance to do so.

Martinez announced his Belgium squad on Friday and said Vertonghen would miss the next two international breaks, this month and in November.

But Pochettino said Spurs do not yet know the full extent of Vertonghen’s injury, with a scan scheduled for Monday.

“In the end it’s our player, our Tottenham player. Our Tottenham employee. We arrived here and we needed to explain,” he said.

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Hugo Lloris Avoids Jail Over Drink-Driving

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris leaves after attending Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on September 12, 2018. France’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and a £50,000 ($65,000) fine on Wednesday for drink-driving in central London. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

 

 

France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and a £50,000 ($65,000) fine on Wednesday for drink-driving in central London.

The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper had earlier called his behavior “unacceptable” and received a lighter sentence from a judge who could have locked up the star for six months.

“On 15th of July, he was the proudest man of the planet,” attorney David Sonn said in reference to the day Lloris and his France team lifted the World Cup trophy in Moscow.

“Forty days later, he was arrested in central London,” said the lawyer. “Today he apologizes to the court.”

Lloris was one of the heroes of France’s commanding march to their second football World Cup in 20 years.

The triumph turned the 31-year-old into a national hero and confirmed his status as one of the most respected goalkeepers in the world.

But Lloris’s dream turned into a nightmare when his Porsche was pulled over for a routine stop in central London at 2:20 am on August 24.

The Daily Mail tabloid said Lloris registered 100 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath in a police check.

The amount is roughly the equivalent of seven glasses of wine, although alcohol levels depend on multiple factors such as age, gender, and metabolism.

The legal driving limit in England in a breathalyzer test is 35 microgrammes.

“I wish to apologize wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters,” Lloris had earlier said in a statement.

“Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”

Police said Lloris nearly hit parked cars and went through a red light. They found vomit in the car after stopping him.

Lloris spent seven hours in a cell that night before returning home on foot.

– Taxi canceled –

His lawyer said Lloris knew he should not have been driving and had called a cab after a night out.

“He had booked a taxi but unfortunately the taxi canceled at the last minute,” Sonn said. “He made the first mistake — he decided to drive.”

The married father of two looked stoic and dressed impeccably in a dark suit and blue shirt as he made his way in silence through a crush of reporters into the courtroom.

Lloris missed France’s opening games in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

France coach Didier Deschamps attributed his ‘keeper’s absence to a thigh injury and gave Lloris his wholehearted support.

“He knows only too well that it shouldn’t happen, but it happened and it’s not going to change what I think about him and the Hugo Lloris that I’ve always known,” said Deschamps.

Lloris was spectacular during the World Cup and gave up no goals in either France’s tough quarter-final match-up against Uruguay or their semi-final against a dangerous Belgium side.

He blundered once in the final against Croatia but his team still prevailed 4-2.

But Lloris’s London club are now left to ponder what to do with their starting keeper after his conviction for a serious driving offense.

Tottenham have won three of their first four matches and are placed fifth in the English Premier League.

A team spokesman said before the sentencing that Tottenham was treating the entire matter “extremely seriously”.

Lloris has made 256 appearances with Tottenham since joining from the French club Lyon in 2012.

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Hugo Lloris To Appear In Court Over Drink-Driving Charge

France’s national football team’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris arrives, on September 3, 2018 at the national football academy in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, as part of the team’s preparations for the upcoming nations league matches. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is due to appear in court in London on Wednesday over a drink-driving charge after a roadside breathalyser test reportedly caught him two times over the limit.

The Tottenham goalkeeper has already apologised for what he called his “unacceptable” behaviour.

Just weeks after playing a key role in France’s World Cup glory, Lloris was pulled over in a routine stop on August 24 at 2:20 am in Gloucester Place, central London.

The 31-year-old, driving a Porsche, was reported by the Daily Mail to allegedly have registered 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath during the roadside test, more than double the legal limit of  35mg. “I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters,” Lloris said in a statement.

“Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”

After spending seven hours in a cell, Lloris, a married father of two, returned home on foot.

The maximum punishment for drink-driving in Britain is a six-month jail term, although fines and temporary driving bans are more common.

Lloris missed France’s opening games in the inaugural UEFA Nations League due to a thigh injury, coach Didier Deschamps has said.

The coach gave Lloris his full backing, saying: “I’ve spoken with him, he realises his mistake and he’s sorry for it.

“He knows only too well that it shouldn’t happen, but it happened and it’s not going to change what I think about him and the Hugo Lloris that I’ve always known.”

He was also given the backing of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino before their 3-0 win at Manchester United last month.

France won their second World Cup with a 4-2 final victory over Croatia, although Lloris was guilty of a bad mistake that allowed Mario Mandzukic to score.

He had kept clean sheets in France’s semi-final win over Belgium and their quarter-final success against Uruguay.

Lloris signed a new £150,000 ($193,000)-per-week deal at Tottenham during the summer as he was rewarded for another fine season.

“The club takes matters such as this extremely seriously and it will be dealt with internally,” a Tottenham spokesman said, referring to the drink-drive charge.

Lloris has been with Tottenham since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the north London club.

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Lloris Keeps Spurs Captaincy For Man Utd Clash

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris warms up for the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on August 27, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

France’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris maintained the captain’s armband for Tottenham’s Premier League clash at Manchester United on Monday just days after being charged with drink driving.

Lloris, 31, was arrested in the early hours of Friday before being released on bail and will face a magistrates’ court hearing on September 11.

However, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino showed faith in Lloris by not stripping him of the captaincy despite rumours England captain Harry Kane could lead out the visitors at Old Trafford.

Lloris’s international team-mate Paul Pogba will not captain United for the first time this season as club skipper Antonio Valencia returns among six changes from the side that were beaten 3-2 at Brighton last weekend.

That defeat illustrated United boss Jose Mourinho’s frustrations at missing out on signing a central defender in the transfer window and he has reacted by dropping centre-backs Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to recall Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Alexis Sanchez missed the defeat at Brighton through injury and is only fit enough for a place on the bench, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata don’t even make the matchday squad.

Real Held By Lloris Masterclass In Madrid

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (R) smiles next to Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Real and Tottenham  at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 17, 2017. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. They each have seven points after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane’s own goal in the first period.

The sides meet again with top spot in Group H on the line at Wembley on November 1.

Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at APOEL Nicosia means the Germans and Cypriots remain six points adrift of the group leaders.

An entertaining encounter got off to a flying start as 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi — on his Champions League debut for Real — teed up Ronaldo to head off the post and Karim Benzema pulled the rebound wide with the goal gaping.

After a nervous opening 10 minutes, though, Tottenham settled with Harry Kane predictably a constant threat up front.

The English international’s sensational form saw him labelled a “complete player” by Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on the eve of the game, fuelling speculation he could follow Luka Modric and Gareth Bale’s lead in making a move to Madrid in the future.

Kane’s downward header was turned over by Keylor Navas before he broke free down the left and, from his cross, Fernando Llorente appeared to be chopped down by Casemiro inside the area, but Polish referee Szymon Marciniak was unmoved.

Despite failing to get the final touch, Kane was involved once more when Spurs went in front on 28 minutes as Varane turned Serge Aurier’s cross into his own net under pressure from the striker.

Aurier himself then had a long-range effort turned behind by Navas.

And Madrid’s frustrations shone through when Ronaldo was booked for a petulant slap on Jan Vertonghen.

However, Real demonstrated why they have won this competition for the past two seasons by restoring order and parity before the break.

A flowing team move put Toni Kroos clean through and when he was upended by Aurier, Ronaldo stepped up to bury the resulting penalty.

Spurs were then bailed out by two outstanding saves from Lloris after the restart.

The French captain’s outstretched leg diverted Benzema’s powerful header from point-blank range to safety, much to his former international team-mate’s dismay.

And Ronaldo then couldn’t believe his eyes as Lloris leapt to turn over his rising drive which was headed for the top corner.

A hugely entertaining game continued to swing from end to end and it was the visitors who had the better chances to take all three points in the final 20 minutes.

Kane had the best opportunity when he was picked out by Llorente’s fine pass, but Navas spread himself well to divert the ball behind.

And the Costa Rican had to be alert again moments later to prevent Christian Eriksen’s drive sneaking in at the near post.

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Arsenal Share Points With Tottenham In Premier League Clash

Arsenal, Tottenham ,Premier League Arsenal played 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in their English Premier League match at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners toiled to win the North London derby, knowing that the victory would place them at the top of the table but Spurs remained resolute in defending.

Arsenal got the lead few minutes to the end of the first half through an own-goal as Kevin Wimmer glanced Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past his own keeper, Hugo Lloris.

Then, shortly after the second half began, a penalty was awarded in favour of the Spurs.

Harry Kane took full advantage with a brilliant penalty to level the score.

Both teams went on with a goal apiece till the end of the match.

Arsenal are fourth on the table with 24 points while the Spurs are fifth with three points behind the Gunners.

Messi, Ronaldo Others Contend For 2016 Ballon d’Or

Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi, Cristiano RonaldoFootball legend, Lionel Messi has been shortlisted alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award.

France Football magazine reveals that the 30-man list is being released in bunches of five players throughout Monday, October 24.

The award which has been given annually by France Football since 1956 has become the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the past six years.

Barcelona forward, Messi has bagged the honour for a record fifth time while Real Madrid’s Ronaldo has won the award three times.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

The French magazine has released the names of 30 nominees of the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund & Gabon)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus & Argentina)
Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid & Uruguay)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus & Argentina)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)
Koke (Atletico Madrid & Spain)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München & Poland)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur & France)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City & Algeria)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia)
Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany)
Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France)
Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United & France)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)
Rui Patricio (Sporting CP & Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City & England)
Arturo Vidal (Bayern München & Chile).