Spurs captain Lloris hails Les Bleus work ethic after World Cup win
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 July 2018
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The 31-year-old discussed his pride at lifting the World Cup trophy as France skipper
Hugo Lloris heaped praise on his France team-mates after getting his hands on the World Cup on Sunday following a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.
The Spurs captain led his country to victory which ensured they are now given a second star after also winning the tournament on home soil in 1998.
Lloris was only 11 when France last won the World Cup, but had a central role this time around and had to make a couple of crucial saves in the final.
Tottenham Hotspur’s captain did also make a howler when he allowed Mario Mandzukic to find the net, but it only made the score 4-2 to Les Bleus and they held on during the final 21 minutes.
Lloris, when speaking to Spurs’ official club website, said: “The key was the mentality and the team spirit.
“We have a lot of great players in the squad, but we were all ready to work for the team and that made our success.
“It’s difficult to get success – you need to be in the right team at the right moment – so that’s why we can enjoy this moment.
“It’s fantastic. There is a lot of work and history behind this success and it’s a great moment.”
Despite his error, Lloris did also show his class in the final with an important save, with the score at 2-1, to deny Ante Rebic.
After excellent displays in the semi-final victory over Belgium and the last-eight success against Uruguay, Tottenham’s captain can be proud of his tournament.
When reflecting on the win and the family he had in attendance for the final, Lloris couldn’t hide how much of a proud occasion it was for him personally.
He added: “In front of me was my grandmother, father, sister, my wife and my two kids, so it means a lot to me. It’s a great, emotional moment.”
Lloris was captain of France when they failed to win Euro 2016 on home soil and lost the final 1-0 to Portugal.
It was hard for Les Bleus and Didier Deschamps’ team to take and Spurs’ goalkeeper conceded some wondered if they would ever get a chance to win a major competition with their country.
Fortunately two years later it did arrive and now Tottenham can say they have another World Cup winner in their squad alongside Fernando Llorente.
“We didn’t know after the final of the Euro’s that we were going to have one more chance,” said Lloris. “It was a great opportunity to have success with the French national team and we’ve made it with a lot of effort.”
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