Andre Villas-Boas Defends Hugo Lloris After Euro Gaffe

Andre Villas-Boas has defended goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after their Europa League victory over Maribor.

Tottenham’s only wobble during the match came when Kyle Naughton’s woeful backpass caused Hugo Lloris to miscontrol and allow Robert Beric to draw Maribor level just before half-time.

Villas-Boas defended Lloris’ part in the gaffe, saying: “Sometimes things happen like this.

“It happened to us at Chelsea. It’s mistakes that make you evolve as a player and I have no problem with that.

“It could happen to any goalkeeper during any game. It will not affect my decision-making.

“We don’t just want to whack it clear, we want to play it from the back. It’s more to do with what we want to do with the ball.”

Villas-Boas shrugged off Didier Deschamps’ claims Lloris is not playing enough games.

When asked what he thought of the France manager’s criticism, Villas-Boas pointed to his head and said: “It goes in one ear and comes out the other.”

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