France's Hugo Lloris attends a news conference
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been speaking to the French press about his opposing number Manuel Neuer in Thursday's match between France and Germany, and is quoted by L'Equipe expressing is admiration for the Bayern Munich star.
“There is no need for introductions, he remains one of the icons in that position," Lloris is quoted as telling L'Equipe. "After the last World Cup he reached another level, he is a very important player for club and country. You could see how he made the difference with the amount of shots in the match against Italy.
"We can but praise him. He’s from my generation, and I have great respect for him."
The two goalkeepers have long been thought of as amongst the finest in Europe, and have naturally become key figures for their countries over the last few years.
Manuel Neuer - Germany celebrates with adidas Golden Gloves
Spurs captain Lloris is actually marginally more experienced than his fellow goalkeeper, despite being a year younger, boasting 80 caps to Neuer's 70.
But it is the German who is regarded as the top 'keeper on the planet, and Lloris will know that if he is to challenge Neuer in that respect he must help his country to glory and impress in the Champions League with Spurs.
Manuel Neuer celebrates
France will be desperate to get one over the current World Champions after Germany ended their own World Cup ambitions in Brazil in 2014. That was a narrow contest settled by a single goal, a Mats Hummels header, and with the centre back missing on Thursday, Lloris will be hopeful Les Bleus will have what it takes to send the host nation of a European Championship into the final for the first time since 2004.
What is likely is that the Spurs man or Neuer will have to be at their best if their country is to emerge victorious.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris