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Spurs keeper isn’t fazed by physicality of the Premier League

PUBLISHED: 17:20 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:20 27 March 2013

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in action against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in action against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane

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Hugo Lloris says he is perfectly happy with the extra physicality that comes with the English game – and he is warning opposing strikers that he gives as good as he gets.

The France No1 has adapted quickly to life in the Premier League after his arrival from Lyon in the summer, and he is refusing to be intimidated by any strong-arm tactics.

“For me football is universal and goalkeepers have the same function in Spain, in France, in Brazil, everywhere,” said Lloris.

“But of course in England maybe you have more contact when you are the goalkeeper, and sometimes the referees don’t protect you so you have to be clever in your choices.

“I’m okay with contact – the striker can give you contact but the goalkeeper can do it also. You have to be ready in your head, that’s the most important thing.”

Lloris has also adapted quickly behind the scenes, both at Spurs and in his personal life, and he has no regrets about his move to the capital.

“London is a great city,” he said. “It’s too big for me, I need more time to discover all of it, but I think there is a very good atmosphere. It’s very quiet and there’s a lot of respect for people.

“I think we will have a great future at Tottenham but we have to prove it on the pitch with great results.

“We can do great things with Tottenham but we have to prove it. For me it was a great challenge and a great opportunity to live this adventure.”

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