Andre Villas-Boas and Didier Deschamps have not always seen eye to eye on the subject of the goalkeeper, but they do today.
At the start of last season Andre Villas-Boas snapped up Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, at an unbelievably good price, and in doing so signed one of Europe’s best goalkeepers.
But his beginnings at White Hart Lane were not plain sailing - not at all, and his national coach did not help matters.
In September 2012 Brad Friedel was retaining the number one spot in goal, ahead of the Frenchman - and AVB stated:
"When you transfer it's not written in the contract that you have to play. He has to compete against three good goalkeepers and at the moment Brad is doing extremely well. He deserves to be playing and he'll continue to do so."
This obviously infuriated the French manager, but he did not need to stir the situation:
"I saw what Villas-Boas said. These statements surprised me. If I comment, it will make an echo on the other side of the Channel. I'm not going to create a problem that I don't have today. I have other problems to solve but, if it happens, it deserves consideration. I do not want Hugo put in this situation. He did not appreciate the statements.’’
The comments caused a mini storm over here, as Deschamps barely concealed attempt at ruffling the feathers of AVB were clear for all to see.
But now, a little over a year on, the pair are actually seeing eye-to-eye on the subject of Lloris.
AVB rested Lloris for one more game at the weekend, after the advice of his medical staff. Lloris of course suffered a sickening head injury and subsequent concussion against Everton last weekend - when the bulky thigh of Romelu Lukaku hammered into the side of his head.
AVB was criticised then for letting Lloris play on, but caution has now overtaken ambition - and the stopper was missed against Newcastle United on Sunday.
But he is all set to feature v Ukraine on Friday, with Deschamps almost sounding happy with the Spurs boss for giving him another day off:
"He had a specific training programme on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Tottenham. The club and their coach, Andre Villas-Boas, took the decision not to let him play yesterday…Tomorrow; he will participate normally in the session. As his coach said, he would have been able to play today (Monday). There are no worries with Hugo. They did what they felt was right based on what happened to him a week ago."
Proof there is hope for any friendship to find its feet in this modern day and age.
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