Lloris’ delight at Tottenham Hotspur’s defensive strength

By Dominique Stafford in Football

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR skipper Hugo Lloris believes that their defensive strength is down to doing the basics properly.

Last season saw Spurs concede just 26 goals in the Premier League – three fewer than any other team – to end up with the best defensive record in the division.

The total was also the lowest number of goals the club have ever conceded in a season and France keeper Lloris is delighted they have become so tight at the back.

“It’s the second successive season we’ve done it and that is down to our basics,” he said. “Scoring goals is important, but the most important thing is to have a balance and make sure you don’t concede easy chances and concede goals because then the game becomes less difficult to win.

“The season before we became the best defence and last season we were the best defence as well. That has to be in your DNA, not conceding chances, not conceding goals, playing good football and creating chances.

“Everyone knows what they have to do on the pitch whether it’s about positioning, passing, possession or defensive areas. In both boxes we need to be clever, smart and have that killer instinct.”

Meanwhile, fellow France international Moussa Sissoko has admitted that last season was the worst of his career.

The midfielder joined Spurs for a club record-equalling £30million from Newcastle United last summer following a string of impressive performances at Euro 2016, but he struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane – playing an entire Premier League match just twice.

And Sissoko has admitted that his future at the club could be in doubt if manager Mauricio Pochettino does not see him as a major part of his plans.

“You can never be sure of anything,” he told the French newspaper L’Equipe. “What I want is for everything to be clear. If the manager is no longer counting on me, if he thinks that other players are better, then he should say it.

“I want a completely honest conversation to see what they plan to do, what they are seeing in terms of my future. From that moment on, everything will be clearer in my head.

“The idea is to be clear very early to allow, if I need to leave, for my agent to do good work. Even if everyone knows that I prefer England, I have never closed the door to any league.

“I fell from a high point last season. Even though I never thought I would play all the games, I was not expecting such a small amount of playing time. It was the worst season of my career, even though as a team it was certainly the best, so it’s weird. We’ll talk with my agent to make the best decision. My goal is to go to the 2018 World Cup.”

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