Lloris glad to start for Spurs

08 October 2012 03:55

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was pleased to finally make his first Premier League appearance after a slow start to life at the club.

Lloris' Spurs team-mate Brad Friedel saw his record run of 310 consecutive league outings end on Sunday when manager Andre Villas-Boas selected the Frenchman to start in goal against Aston Villa. Ahead of that 2-0 victory the keeper had made just two Europa League appearances for his new club. The 25-year-old has had to endure speculation over his role at White Hart Lane during his first few weeks there, with suggestions surfacing he will not necessarily displace Friedel as Villas-Boas' number one. But the shot-stopper says he has had no issues with his team-mates or manager since his arrival despite the doubts over his prospects in North London.

Lloris, who joined Spurs from Lyon on transfer deadline day, was glad to start his Premier League career with a clean sheet.

He told L'Equipe: "I am happy because we won. It was an important match because it was my first start in Premier League. "It has been quite a special month (but) not complicated. It was everything all around me that had a bad role (to play). "For me, everything with Brad Freidel, the goalkeeping coach and even the manager, has gone off smoothly."

Lloris believes joining so late in the transfer window has left him playing catch-up at White Hart Lane and expects to improve if he is given more games.

"When you sign at a club at the last minute, it is never that easy. I made the choice to come, so I have to take that on," he added. "Usually, you have a whole pre-season to get to know each other and play during friendlies. "I immediately joined the club during the season, and I still need some matches to find my pace again and get to my best level. "I was used to playing every three days at Lyon. To improve and be outstanding, you have to play match after match very often.

"During the last month, I only played three encounters. So you need to show a little more concentration. "You try to make up for it with more work during training-sessions. But the truth comes at the weekend."

Source: team_talk