Hugo Lloris proud of Tottenham Hotspur team-mates after matching mighty Real Madrid at Bernabeu
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 October 2017
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Spurs should take enormous amount of confidence from this result ahead of crucial period of domestic football
Spurs captain Hugo Lloris hailed his team-mates after they held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead when Serge Aurier’s cross deflected in off Raphael Varane with 28 minutes played.
Madrid did equalise before the break when Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivory Coast international was adjudged to have fouled Toni Kroos inside the area.
Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and fired past Lloris, but the Spurs skipper was in fine form after the break and made a string of top saves to earn a point.
“It’s a pleasure to share this with my team-mates and play with them at the Bernabeu, so it was a fantastic feeling,” Lloris told BT Sport.
“We were better in the first half and second half they pushed until the end, but we also had some good chances to score. I think it is a great feeling to get a draw at Real Madrid.”
Lloris produced a stunning save to deny international team-mate Karim Benzema straight after the restart before thwarting a Ronaldo effort minutes later.
Spurs had chances of their own though, with Kane combining well with Fernando Llorente before testing Keylor Nevas.
Christian Eriksen was the next person to try his luck, but was unable to beat the Real Madrid goalkeeper.
It remained 1-1, however, and with Borussia Dortmund only managing the same scoreline at APOEL Nicosia, Tottenham are firmly in the driving seat to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.
Lloris felt the crucial moment for Spurs was just after Ronaldo had scored, adding: “There were still four or five minutes where we had to stay strong.
“They put a lot of pressure on us and we could have conceded a second, but it was 1-1 at half time, so that was good.
“We kept working after until the end and I think we deserved to get this point.”
This result will give Spurs a lot of confidence and belief ahead of a tough run of fixtures.
If they can draw away to Real Madrid, facing the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United shouldn’t phase Tottenham.