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Lloris's super-saves help Spurs make a point in Champions League

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Mauricio Pochettino: 'Some brilliance from Hugo kept us in the game. He is one of the best in the world and he is in the best moment of his career'

    Published: October 19, 2016

    Champions League

    TOTTENHAM earned a battling away point last night (Tuesday) in their Champions League game versus German club Bayer Leverkusen – leaving their group perfectly poised with Spurs a point behind leaders Monaco in second place.

    But Spurs had to rely on some smart saves from captain Hugo Lloris in goal, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men weathered a second-half storm. Lloris’s saves included a goalline stop from former Manchester United star Javier Hernandez when the striker looked certain to score, and a number of other acrobatic blocks that earned him Man of the Match.

    For Spurs, it was a point well earned and showed a discipline away from home needed to steer them through a tricky group. 

    In the first half Spurs traded blows evenly with their hosts. Vincent Janssen put in a hard-working shift holding up play and nearly opened his Spurs account with a header that crashed against the bar, while Dele Alli also went close twice.

    But in the second half, Leverkusen stepped up the pressure and it took some heroics from Lloris to keep a clean sheet, winning praise from his manager.

    Pochettino said: “Some brilliance from Hugo kept us in the game. He is one of the best in the world and he is in the best moment of his career.”

    He added that he was happy with a point. 

    “I am not disappointed,” said Pochettino. “After the game, I think it is a good point for us. It was a very tough. In the first half we deserved more, and in the second they got better and started to dominate the game. We need to be positive – it is in our hands to go through to the next round.

    “It will be a big test for us in the next game. We need to change the feeling after Monaco [where Spurs were defeated at Wembley in their opening match] and show that we can make Wembley our home.”

    SPURS: Lloris, Trippier, Vertonghen, Dier, Rose, Wanyama, Alli, Eriksen, Son (Onomah, 88), Janssen (Dembele, 60), Lamela.


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