By Alex Taylor
Hugo Lloris has explained Tottenham’s risky tactical approach to their Premier League campaign this season.
Lloris, 29, pulled off a string of fine saves to help his side on their way to a 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday and has been instrumental to his side’s success this term.
Mauricio Pochettino instructed his team to fight fire with fire and go after Pep Guardiola’s City side, possibly leaving Tottenham open at the back.
“We try a lot and we take a lot of risks and we try to play as high as possible on the pitch,” Lloris told the Guardian. “We try to put pressure on teams, especially in the first half – this is our football style.
“We try to have options, to sometimes play deeper and to counter attack. Football is always about spirit, about the team performance and this was perfect.
“As long as we keep the same mentality and spirit – we have ambition. In football you need respect for your opponents and that is why you need to keep working hard every day.”
Pochettino’s side found success against City after playing a high defensive line and pressing the Manchester outfit’s back-four.
The tactic is often successful against passing teams but exposes sides to runners in behind and increases the danger of pacy wingers getting beyond a team’s defensive set-up.
Lloris missed the start of the season through injury, but has come back into the Tottenham first-team in top form.
He has conceded just two goals in six Premier League games this season and is now establishing himself as one of the best keepers in the world.
The north London club finished the weekend’s action in second place in the league and have found the form that made them serious title contenders last season.