Michael Owen praised Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for making Maxwel Cornet do something ‘spectacular’ during Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.
When the game was goalless, the Spurs captain smothered Cornet’s 1 v 1 opportunity and Owen added ‘I don’t often say this’, but he credited the man between the sticks for his effort.
In the end, it proved to be a very, very crucial moment because, in a game of dominance from the home side, they ended up winning by only one goal.
That came from the penalty spot when Harry Kane dispatched back-to-back spot-kicks, after Kevin Friend punished Ashley Barnes for handball in the penalty area.
This is what former England striker Owen had to say about Lloris during their crucial three points against Burnley, as he told Premier League Productions (15/05/22 at 1:00 pm).
“He makes a lovely little run (Cornet) and it’s a nicely weighted ball,” said Owen. “I don’t think that is an easy chance.
“Half the time in the situation, you are waiting for the goalkeeper to make a mistake. Either run at you, open his legs, dive at his feet or something. But actually, Lloris does really well.
“He gets the perfect distance and then stands. He stands big. With Cornet, you could say ‘take a risk’. Go a bit higher maybe into the far corner’.
“But I would, and I don’t often say this, I would give the credit to the goalkeeper in that situation. He made Cornet do something spectacular which he couldn’t do.”
UNSUNG HERO LLORIS PLAYS ON DESPITE ILLNESS
After Tottenham’s win, Antonio Conte shared that his skipper played on despite having a ‘fever’ before the game.
Whilst the World Cup winner didn’t have much to do compared with Nick Pope at the other end.
He still produced when it mattered most and that’s how you sometimes separate the top keepers from the absolute elite.
If Spurs are to secure Champions League football – and they currently occupy that spot ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle on Monday night – then they need to show every grit they can find in their back garden.
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