Hugo Lloris is not only among the best goalkeepers in the world, but he is also in the same bracket as Bayern Munich’s 2014 World Cup winner Manuel Neuer.
That’s the opinion of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, who highlighted his performance in Saturday’s North London derby as proof.
'I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, not just the Premier League', Sky Sports quotes the Argentine boss as saying. 'He is unbelievable. Neuer, Szczesny... I think there’s a lot of good keepers.
'But Lloris is one of them. It was an amazing save that he made from Mertesacker. From my position [on the touchline] it was an unbelievable save. On TV it looks even better.”
Pochettino was pointing at the second-half save that Lloris made against Arsenal in the Premier League. Per Mertesacker’s header seemed to be going in, but the France international goalkeeper made a truly brilliant save.
The North London derby eventually ended in a 1-1 draw and Lloris was one of the best players on the pitch, his dominance on crosses on the night outstanding.
However, it would be a bit hyperbole to suggest that Lloris is as good as Neuer. While the 27-year-old is without doubt a superb goalkeeper – maybe even world class – the Bayern Munich and Germany star is in a different category altogether.
Neuer is easily the best goalkeeper in the world and one of the most consistent. The only goalkeeper who is in the same bracket as him is Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon, who at 36 remains as good as ever.