Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has lavished praise on his 'world-class' goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, after a hugely impressive performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
The Frenchman did concede against Los Blancos at the Bernabeu, but very few have stopped Cristiano Ronaldo from the penalty spot in the last decade. Other than that Lloris almost single handedly kept Spurs in the game; and the 30-year-old's top drawer performance caught the eye of his boss:
“I think Hugo was fantastic. The performance of Hugo today is one that deserves praise from everyone,” Pochettino told reporters after the game (via ESPN).
“Sometimes in the Premier League we were talking, myself telling you that Hugo Lloris is one of the best and today you got to see why I told you a lot of times Hugo Lloris is one of the best in the world."
Lloris was forced into action quite a lot during Madrid's attempts to take all three points, including this unbelievable close-range stop from a Karim Benzema header - which seems a certain goal:
Tottenham surprised many with both their defensive capabilities as well as their attacking efficiency in a game that was mostly spent on the back foot, and Pochettino did not hesitate to mention that after an atmospheric night at the Bernabeu.
“The performance was fantastic. A brilliant effort and the belief. It’s important to congratulate the players. I’m so proud of the effort from them.”
Spurs now turn their focus to the weekend, where they host Liverpool at Wembley, looking to pick up only their second home win of the season.