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Lloris ready for Spurs shake-up
Published : 21 Sep 2012 14:48:00
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is sure he will get more games at Tottenham and has vowed to "shake things up" at White Hart Lane following his debut against Lazio on Thursday night.
Lloris signed from Lyon on deadline day but the France skipper had to wait three weeks to make his debut thanks to the international break and Andre Villas-Boas' reluctance to drop number one Brad Friedel. Lloris impressed by keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 Europa League stalemate against Lazio.
"The choice lies with the coach but I'm here to shake things up a bit," Lloris told L'Equipe. "I'm not worried, if Tottenham came looking for me at Lyon, then surely I will play a part in the future of the club. I just hope that I get the chance to play."
Spurs boss Villas-Boas is in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to drop Lloris back to the bench or cut Friedel's run of 308 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches short by sticking with the France for Sunday's home game against QPR.
Lazio were on the back foot for most of the Group J clash, with their only real effort coming just before half time when Alvaro Gonzalez rattled the woodwork with a peach of a volley.
That did not stop Villas-Boas from praising Lloris afterwards, however, for his sharpness, distribution and handling of a number of aerial bombardments from the visitors.
"We wanted to win this game and maybe we were not lucky this evening," Lloris told Spurs TV Online.
"I think we had one or two opportunities to open the scoring and the referee took his decision.
"We played a great game today but Lazio played like a typical Italian team away from home. They wanted to defend and that made it difficult for us. But now we have to continue to work hard because we want to win the next game in this competition."