Search

France boss hits back at AVB over Lloris row

16:55 12 November 2012

Tottenham

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris. Photo credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Didier Deschamps has hit back at Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as their war of words over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris intensifies.

Deschamps has been at odds with Villas-Boas ever since the Portuguese signed the France goalkeeper from Lyon for £8million on transfer deadline day.

The France head coach is unhappy that Lloris, who also captains the national team, is not a regular starter at Tottenham, where he is in competition with Brad Friedel.

Last week Deschamps claimed Villas-Boas’ rotation policy could have a detrimental effect on the goalkeeper’s form. The Spurs manager shrugged off the claims, saying of Deschamps’ comments: “It goes in one ear and comes out the other.”

Deschamps responded with a similar barb today.

“I have two ears as well. What he (Villas-Boas) says has the same effect on me,” Deschamps was quoted as saying at a France press conference reported by L’Equipe.

Lloris has started six games for Spurs, but only one of them has come in the Barclays Premier League. The Frenchman was partly to blame for a howling error in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Maribor last Thursday, and 41-year-old Friedel was preferred for yesterday’s game at Manchester City.

Deschamps, whose team travel to Italy for a friendly on Wednesday, has been encouraged to see Lloris getting more game time of late but also claimed the stopper is not playing as much as he would like to.

“We are not talking of a player who does not play,” Deschamps said.

“Since he played his excellent match against Spain (France’s 1-1 draw last month), he has kept goal three times.

“Hugo is playing one match per week. Of course, he would like to play more, and it is not the case for the moment,” the former Chelsea midfielder was quoted as saying on Eurosport’s website.

“He is getting on with it as best he possibly can (but) obviously he would like to play more.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Eric Dier

Eric Dier admits it has been a steep learning curve in the Premier League and that he has made mistakes – but the 20-year-old is thrilled to have been so heavily involved for Tottenham since his arrival.

Jan Vertonghen (right) in action against Brighton at White Hart Lane last night

Lifting the Capital One Cup could be the key to unlocking Tottenham’s potential, giving them a winning mentality and providing the spark that takes the club on to bigger things, according to Jan Vertonghen.

Yesterday, 09:00
Nils Mordt in action for Saracens. Pic by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Nils Mordt is looking forward to taking to the field with Saracens’ young stars as they kick off their LV= Cup campaign with a London derby against Harlequins on Sunday.

Yesterday, 08:30
The jubilant Highgate Harriers squad

Highgate Harriers swept the board with a devastating display at the North of Thames cross-country championships in Kingsbury on Saturday.

Most read sport

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Another two men were taken to local hospital with serious injuries.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition