Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen lauds goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Lloris made an incredible save to deny Bayer Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez and Vertonghen credits his 'keeper for earning his side a point.

Tottenham's Jan VertonghenTottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen paid tribute to Hugo Lloris while speaking to the club's website, calling the goalkeeper's heroics against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League incredible.

Lloris made a stunning stop to deny Javier Hernandez from a few yards out, clawing the ball away from going over the line as replays showed it was an inch from what seemed a certain Leverkusen goal.

Aside from the Frenchman, Vertonghen was also in fine form on Tuesday evening giving a solid performance as the German side had the better of the second half, but Spurs' defence stood form to come away from the BayArena with a credible point and keep their qualification hopes alive.

The Belgian and his goalkeeper have played together for the last four years at White Hart Lane, but Vertonghen doesn't believe he's seen a better save than the one in Germany.

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris makes a save from Bayer Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez (not pictured)Tottenham's Hugo Lloris makes a save from Bayer Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez 

“It’s one of the best saves I’ve ever seen live," the centre back said. "People talked about Joe Hart’s recent save for England against Slovenia but I think this one is right up there as well.

"It’s an unbelievable save. That’s what goalkeepers are for, but this is different. I think everyone thought it was in apart from Hugo.

"I saw it straight after the game and all credit to Hugo, we owe a big part of this draw to him.”

A point keeps Spurs in second place in Group E behind leaders Monaco, but know a win against Leverkusen at Wembley in two weeks' time would almost certainly send them through to the knockout round of the competition.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt before the match

Their opponents put up a strong resistance in the first half with Bernd Leno making a fine stop from Erik Lamela after Vincent Janssen had hit the bar and Dele Alli had headed a great chance wide.

But the home side asserted control in the second half and had the better chances, with Lloris having to be alert to make a string of saves to keep the German side out, including that amazing save from Hernandez.

Spurs eventually held out for a draw at the BayArena and Vertonghen was happy to come away with another clean sheet in the Champions League to strengthen their hopes of progressing.

“In the first half we were the better team. We did well but then they changed formation a bit and played a little more defensively, brought on another defensive midfielder and got more control of the game.

"They had the quality to create chances but we had the quality to keep a clean sheet.”

Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling in action with Tottenham's Jan VertonghenBayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

 

 

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