Lloris gives verdict on title race ahead of Tottenham clash against Arsenal
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham Hotspur and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted his side “got out of jail” when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last time out.
It took a Christian Eriksen screamer for Spurs to beat Palace, as his goal was the difference between the sides at Selhurst Park.
The result meant Mauricio Pochettino’s side cut Chelsea’s lead at the summit of the league to four points, with five games left to play.
Lloris played 90 minutes v Palace as he kept his 16th clean sheet of the season in all competitions.
Speaking in the Evening Standard, the Frenchman said of his side’s performance v Palace: “We had to be careful too because they have talent in attack.
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“But we showed that we can now battle and Christian Eriksen’s great goal got us out of jail. It is nice to know we can count on everybody now.
“There is still a long way to go in the title race. It is going to be difficult for us to over-take Chelsea – but we won’t give up.”
This Sunday Spurs welcome old rivals Arsenal to White Hart Lane to play out the 184th North London derby.
Lloris has been a regular between the sticks for Spurs this term and has played 38 league and cup games.
The 30-year-old has become a key clog in the Tottenham machine since his £12million move from Lyon in 2012.
The 87-time France international has since made 206 appearances for Spurs in all competitions, and has confirmed himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League.
If Chelsea slip up v Everton on Sunday afternoon, and Spurs win the North London derby later that day – the lead at the top of the league could be cut to just one point.
In other Tottenham news, Toby Alderweireld has made an admission of his own ahead of the clash v Arsenal.