Champions League

Pochettino: Lloris 'one of the best in the world'

2016-10-19 08:56
Hugo Lloris (Supplied)
Hugo Lloris (Supplied)

Leverkusen - Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris drew high praise from Mauricio Pochettino after playing a key role in Tuesday's goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Lloris' stop to deny Javier Hernandez a certain goal from point-blank range in the second half was the standout in a top-class performance.

"I think after two years here and a few months, my third season at Tottenham, only I can say good things for him," Pochettino said. "He is a fantastic goalkeeper, one of the best in the world. Today in the second half he was brilliant again.

"I have not changed my opinion about him, that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he showed in every action today he is top quality, one of the best.

"I think he is in the best moment of his career and always it is important to have a 'keeper like him."

Tottenham will look forward to the return of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane after a difficult time up front and in defence.

The pair are set to make earlier-than-expected returns from injury.

Pochettino said that a scan on Alderweireld's leg showed no major problems, while Kane has already begun light training.

Tottenham could have both available for the return match against Leverkusen. Spurs remain second in Group E after Tuesday's stalemate, one point off the top spot.

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