HUGO DROSS

Chelsea’s French coach Lol­li­chon lays into Spurs keeper: Peo­ple live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris... he’s so OVER­RATED

Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY DAR­REN LEWIS @Mir­rorDar­ren

WORLD CUP win­ner Hugo Lloris has been branded ‘over­rated’ by Chelsea’s French goal­keep­ing coach Christophe Lol­li­chon.

Lol­li­chon be­lieves the France and Tot­ten­ham cap­tain’s fans are liv­ing “in a dream world” about his qual­i­ties and that Paris Saint-Ger­main shot-stop­per Alphonse Are­ola is bet­ter. Are­ola has won plau­dits for his per­for­mance in goal for Les Bleus in last week’s goal­less draw against former world cham­pi­ons Ger­many.

On Sun­day night, how­ever, Lloris lifted the World Cup and cel­e­brated his coun­try’s hero­ics with the vic­to­ri­ous squad at the Stade de France.

Yet, Lol­li­chon re­mains un­moved. He said: “Peo­ple live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much. For me, Are­ola is above him.

“Against Ger­many, Are­ola was po­si­tion­ally very good and in his abil­ity to come out. It’s the ba­sis of all goal­keep­ers, but not ev­ery­one does it well. He is proac­tive in his an­tic­i­pa­tion.”

His claim will sur­prise the many peo­ple im­pressed by the dis­plays from Lloris for club and coun­try.

The 31-year-old has been a key fig­ure at Spurs, help­ing the club into the Cham­pi­ons League over the last three sea­sons.

He also drew wide­spread ac­claim for his over­all per­for­mances in Rus­sia dur­ing the sum­mer. Lloris drew au­di­ble gasps of ad­mi­ra­tion from fans in the Nizhny Nov­gorod sta­dium with his out­stand­ing save from Uruguay’s Martin Cac­eres. He was in the run­ning for the Golden Glove award at the World Cup only to see Bel­gium’s Thibaut Cour­tois win the ac­co­lade. Lol­li­chon is known to be a huge fan of Are­ola, 25, (above) and had him un­der con­sid­er­a­tion as a re­place­ment for Cour­tois at Chelsea dur­ing the sum­mer. The Blues even­tu­ally moved for Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga, 23, from Ath­letic Bil­bao in a stag­ger­ing £73mil­lion deal af­ter Cour­tois quit for Real Madrid.

But it has done noth­ing to dim Lol­li­chon’s ad­mi­ra­tion for Are­ola, who he be­lieves should be France’s No.1.

He added: “I didn’t have to wait to dis­cover Alphonse.

“For me, he’s the best cur­rent French goal­keeper. He has all the char­ac­ter­is­tics to be France’s No.1.

“The height, abil­ity with the ball at his feet, wingspan, his div­ing abil­ity, foot­work. He’s the most adapted to how they play.”

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