Lloris now has two games to save his Tottenham career after Conte reveal - pundit
Danny Mills has suggested Hugo Lloris has two games to rescue his Tottenham career.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England defender delivered his verdict after virtual ever-present Lloris was dropped from the starting XI as Spurs were knocked out of the League Cup by Chelsea at the semi-final stage.
As quoted by football.london after the game on Wednesday (12 January), Antonio Conte claimed it was important to give Pierluigi Gollini a chance as Tottenham have three big games coming up.
In the coming week they host Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday before trips to Leicester City and Chelsea.
“I’ve never understood the principle of resting a goalkeeper,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Goalkeepers have to work so much harder in training than they have to do in matches.
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“The average number of saves in a game is probably five, maybe less. In training it’s like 100 shots plus. It’s not just about the shots, it’s about the diving down and getting back up again, that’s hard work. If anyone thinks a goalkeeper isn’t fit, try doing it. That is hard graft.
“The matches for the goalkeepers is more about concentration.
“A lot of teams have that policy that the number two goalkeeper plays the cup games although Lloris did play in the first leg.
“You watched it and thought ‘Has Conte written it off?’. Realistically, he had to give the other goalkeeper a little bit of something.
“Maybe it gives Lloris a little bit of a kick up the backside just to make sure he’s really on form.
“Conte realised to win that game 3-0 to go through was incredibly difficult. He probably thought there would be no harm in firing a warning to Lloris to perk him up ahead of the north London derby.
“He looks at Lloris and thought, ‘If you still want to be here, you’ve got to perform, or I will throw other goalkeepers into it. You’ve got two games to show how good you are and save your career here’.”