Chelsea coach pinpoints the one major flaw of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris can't be considered one of the word's best keepers until he improves in the air, according to Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.

Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has been quoted in Le Figaro as declaring that he believes there has been too much fanfare surrounding the recent performances of Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris.

Lloris, 28, has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top shot-stoppers since arriving from Lyon in August 2012 for around €10 million, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino declaring him one of the world’s best earlier this season.

“I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, not just the Premier League,” the Argentine told Sky Sports in September. “He is unbelievable.

“Neuer, Szczesny... I think there are a lot of good keepers. But Lloris is one of them.”

However, Lollichon, who has tutored the likes of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea since joining the coaching staff in 2007, believes the France captain is still too weak in the air to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Manuel Neuer and David de Gea.

“There is now a campaign in the country to say he is very good," the French national newspaper has reported him as telling Journal Du Dimanche. "He is good on the line, but he is too average in the air."

Lollichon might in fact have somewhat of a point, with Lloris’ 93 per cent success rate on crosses placing him towards the bottom of the top-flight’s regular starters.

  PositionTeamTotal High ClaimsCross Claim AccAppearancesMins Played
Lukasz Fabianski GK Swansea 56 100% 24 2,138
Allan McGregor GK Hull City 16 100% 20 1,800
David de Gea GK Man Utd 19 100% 25 2,250
Brad Guzan GK Aston Villa 52 98% 25 2,250
Tom Heaton GK Burnley 30 97% 25 2,250
Tim Krul GK Newcastle 25 96% 17 1,530
Wojciech Szczesny GK Arsenal 25 96% 17 1,499
Thibaut Courtois GK Chelsea 47 96% 21 1,824
Asmir Begovic GK Stoke 46 96% 25 2,250
Simon Mignolet GK Liverpool 23 96% 23 2,054
Tim Howard GK Everton 42 95% 19 1,665
Costel Pantilimon GK Sunderland 41 95% 16 1,440
Joe Hart GK Man City 37 95% 23 2,070
Robert Green GK QPR 35 94% 24 2,160
Julian Speroni GK C. Palace 46 93% 25 2,215
Hugo Lloris GK Tottenham 29 93% 25 2,250
Adrián GK West Ham 27 93% 25 2,221
Fraser Forster GK Southampton 37 92% 25 2,250
Ben Foster GK West Brom 44 91% 24 2,160
Kasper Schmeichel GK Leicester 7 86% 14 1,260

In fact, Lloris’ numbers are down from last season, when he managed 98 per cent over his 37 league appearances, although his save percentage is up from 68 percent to 72 per cent after 25 matches this campaign.

He is no doubt a talented keeper, who still has some development ahead of him, but it’s clear there are still a few holes in his approach which need addressing on order to rival the likes of Neuer and De Gea.

Nevertheless, considering the latter is just now starting to show his full potential after four seasons in England, perhaps it won’t be until next term when Lloris begins to prove to the likes of Lollichon that he is one of the game’s best.

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