Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris explains how English football has changed his game

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has been a stalwart for Spurs since his arrival.

Tottenham's Hugo LlorisTottenham's Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has spoken of the toughening up process he has underwent in England and how that has helped him command his area, in quotes published by the Mirror.

Spurs enjoyed the joint best defensive record in the Premier League last season – in spite of their 5-1 defeat to Newcastle on the final day – but were guilty of looking less than convincing, at times, when defending set-pieces.

France's national soccer team captain Hugo LlorisFrance's national soccer team captain Hugo Lloris

Despite this, Lloris feels the lack of protection offered to him in England has forced him to add to his game.

“At Tottenham, we operate with three players in the six-yard box,” said the 29-year old. "But more than the organisation, it’s essential on set-pieces to show aggression, and accountability.

“In England, it’s pretty simple that on set-pieces — the goalkeeper cannot get out. Your opponents will prevent you from gathering your momentum, you are pushed, and everything is complicated because the referees don’t protect us.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Lloris has recently been at the centre of controversy over his apparent refusal to sign a new deal – as reported by the Independent – but the stopper was subsequently quick to reiterate his contentment at White Hart Lane, in quotes published by 90Min.

The Frenchman has been magnificent for Spurs since his arrival in 2012 and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to get his club captain tied into a new deal as soon as possible.

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris in action with Fiorentina's Borja ValeroTottenham's Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris in action with Fiorentina's Borja Valero

For the first time in recent memory there isn’t a palpable fear of losing key men at Spurs following a successful season, with their young, hungry squad seemingly committed to Pochettino’s cause and vision.

Lloris provides one of the few voices of the experience in the squad and securing his future will be a vital step in ensuring the continued progress of Spurs under Pochettino.

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