Tottenham player: 'I have always played a risky game'

Hugo Lloris

Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris has acknowledged that his style of play is risky - but will not be changing it.

Hugo Lloris has been an excellent signing for Tottenham since arriving from Lyon in 2012, but his sweeper style of play has fans worried at times. Most goalkeepers of his generation are pure shot stoppers, and won't veer far from their goal unless they have to. But not Lloris.

The Tottenham goalkeeper is more than happy to come off his line and 'sweep' up the play. He will come running off his line to try to stop attacks and clear away the ball. This strategy will often put off attackers, catching them by surprise, but if Lloris makes a mistake then it leaves his side extremely vulnerable.

Lloris told France Football: 'I always had a risky game', Lloris said, 'I have always tried to control my box, and even a bit further away'.

The French number 1 also acknowledged that the game is much more physical in England: 'Here (in England), the keeper is less protected than in France or in European competitions. It is important to know how to fight, notably on corners'.

Lloris, of course, learnt how tough things are in the Premier League when he was knocked unconscious in November during a Tottenham game against Everton, after a collusion with Romelu Lukaku.

'I want to be the boss of the area. Sometimes you get success, sometimes not', Lloris said, sticking to his guns.

Most players have to adapt to England's Premier League, but Tottenham's goalkeeper seems to be letting the Premier League adapt to him.

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