Former France goalkeeping coach Philippe Bergeroo has defended Tottenham Hotspur shot stopper Hugo Lloris after his performance last night for the national team. Lloris has come under criticism after his was deemed to be at fault for both of the goals France conceded in their 4-2 World Cup qualifier victory over Belarus.
Bergeroo was the France goalkeeping coach throughout the 90s and is now in charge of coaching the French women’s team. Speaking to French radio station RMC he was quick to defend the Tottenham No.1. He said the flak he received after the game was very dramatic because he sees him as a great keeper. Bergeroo feels the criticism has been unfair and that people need to realise mistakes can happen. He pointed out that Lloris has set high standards and has done so much for the national team over the years.
Bergeroo believes the Tottenham man is extraordinary and showed last night that he is only human. He said it was nice to know there are still human players in football and that Lloris is not an alien.
"It's a little dramatic for me because it's a great goalie. This is an extraordinary man. He has done so much to win games for France. It proves that he is not an alien, he is a human. It is interesting to know that there are still human players .When you see the goals he has given, you can recall the goals that I conceded a few years ago. So I can understand the mistakes,” said the former France coach on Lloris’ performance last night.
France’s win last night has assured that they will go into the play offs for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. The 1998 winners have been going on a poor run of results which brought a lot of criticism in France. Up until last night the French had failed to score in their last five games and so there had been calls for there to be changes for the Belarus game.
Like Lloris, Real Madrid forward Karim Benezma has been the subject of scrutiny in the French press with calls for the player to be left out of the starting eleven. Leading up to yesterdays game in Belarus Benezma hadn’t scored for the national team for 1217 minutes and was relegated to the bench for last night’s match.