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“Deserves this”- Hugo Lloris praises Tottenham teammate for heroics vs Marseille

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Hugo Lloris praises Tottenham Hotspur teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for heroics vs Marseille

Frenchman Hugo Lloris, Frenchman Clement Lenglet, and half-French defensive midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were the heroes for Tottenham Hotspur in France on Tuesday night (1 November) during a hard-fought 2-1 win against Olympique de Marseille.

Lloris was arguably our best player on the night and made multiple crucial saves throughout the entirety of the game. Lenglet scored our equaliser just a few minutes after the second half commenced.

Spurs defended and defended until they had a chance to score themselves a few seconds beyond the 4th minute of stoppage time. Hojbjerg was perhaps a player Spurs fans would have not wanted in that position.

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate scoring against Olympique de Marseille.
Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate scoring against Olympique de Marseille. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the former Bayern Munich and Southampton midfielder did his best Harry Kane impression and hit an unstoppable cross-shot past Marseille’s Pau Lopez. Speaking after the game, the Spurs captain told the club’s official website:

“Pierre [-Emile Hojbjerg] did an amazing finish and deserves this goal. He had a great performance. But all the team deserve credit – not only the players on the pitch but all the group and the coaching staff.”

Huge win for Spurs

It would have been a hammer blow for the Lilywhites to be dumped out of the UEFA Champions League in this fashion. Now, we go to the knockout rounds as the group winners.

Tottenham Hotspur's Clement Lenglet shoots the ball as Marseille's Luis Suarez watches on. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur’s Clement Lenglet shoots the ball as Marseille’s Luis Suarez watches on. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

Hojbjerg has been crucial to our good start in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, which is why it isn’t a surprise that Spurs want to renew his contract at N17. His current deal runs until the summer of 2025.

Lloris has had a mixed season. He has either been a mesmeric presence for us between the sticks – as he was in our 2-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month – or he has been susceptible to mistakes – such as in the 2-1 loss against Newcastle United at home.

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Both of them will be vital when Spurs take on Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League. A Tottenham win here could open up a huge 13-point gap between the two teams – although the Reds have one game in hand.

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