White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Fulham

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

The Hawthorns

Last Game

West Brom 3 - 3 Tottenham

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 15:07

Barclays Prem

Mabbutt defends Lloris

Former Tottenhan captain Gary Mabbutt is refusing to blame goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City.

Last Updated: 25/11/13 at 13:11 Post Comment

Hugo Lloris: Not at fault for Man City thrashing

Hugo Lloris: Not at fault for Man City thrashing

Spurs went into Sunday's game at the Etihad Stadium with the best defensive record in the league, but two poor kicks from Lloris gifted City a 2-0 lead and started the rot that led to the thrashing.

Mabbutt told Sky Sports News: "Hugo in my opinion is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and has had a fantastic season so far.

"The two clearances were not what you would expect from him, normally his ball kicking is excellent.

"If you get a keeper that makes a couple of defensive mistakes you have still got other players to make up for that and cover for you.

"They were glaring bad clearances from him but there was more the team could have done.

"When you go to Man City, who are the team who have the best home form in the league, we have to keep things very tight for the first spell of the game.

"But that was broken very quick - within 14 seconds when a defensive mistake led to Navas' fantastic finish.

"After that it's how the players responded. I don't think we lay down and had our tummies tickled - the next half hour of the game Tottenham took control of it. We were the ones taking the game to Man City and put them on the back foot."

Mabbutt feels that Spurs' problems are not in defence but up front where Andre Vilas-Boas' team have only scored nine goals in 12 league games.

"Our problem is that we are not creating clear cut chances," he said.

"We have had more than 200 shots this season but more than 60% of those shots have come from outside the box.

"I still believe that this is a squad that is more than capable despite the drubbing we got yesterday of putting in a challenge for a top-four place.

"We have a vitally important game against Man Utd on Sunday so with only one point from our last three league games that United game is a game that is imperative we get a result."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Pulis hails Crystal Palace after win over Everton

Tony Pulis hailed his Crystal Palace players after they beat Everton to reach 40 points in the Premier League.

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini vows to fight despite Sunderland draw

Manuel Pellegrini admitted the loss to Liverpool was still on Manchester City's minds as they drew with Sunderland.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the cup final 2-1

Gareth Bale's brilliant goal five minutes from time gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property