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Game time key to Lloris´ confidence

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has warned manager Andre Villas-Boas that he needs regular playing time to regain confidence.

The France captain has started Spurs’ last two matches against Arsenal and Lazio but had previously found himself on the bench behind the experienced Brad Friedel for 10 of the club’s 12 Premier League games this term.

Goal.com revealed earlier in November that Spurs had firmly told the shot-stopper that he will be going nowhere in January despite the former Lyon man bemoaning his ‘difficult’ situation.

“I need to keep playing to get more confidence and play to my best,” Lloris told reporters.

“It’s good to play in European games but I need to keep playing and I hope that I will get to play more.”

France coach Didier Deschamps has previously stated the importance of first-team action for his national number one, often arguing across the media with Villas-Boas. Lloris, though, is aware of the necessity of putting his new side’s needs before his own.

He continued: “I hope I do play more games but at the moment we are concentrating on the aims of the club.

“I am part of a team, a club and respect decisions and we are not here to create problems. Things are good between all four goalkeepers and the goalkeeping coach (Tony Parks) too.

“We have got some quality goalkeepers – Carlo Cudicini, Brad Friedel, and (Heurelho) Gomes too.

“We just train to our best and it’s up to the club to then decide.”

Fri 23 November, 2012
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