Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:16 p.m.
Didier Deschamps, since the beginning of his adventure on the bench of the France team, made Hugo Lloris one of his essential leaders, in particular by considering him as his only captain over a period of ten years.
We know that the tone rose between Hugo Lloris and Didier Deschamps when Karim Benzema returned to selection last year before the Euro. But as the captain of the Blues says for L’Equipe, “we were able to argue, but it’s very, very rare”: “Above all, there is a lot of respect, he’s the boss!” The coach did not “stay on his achievements and was able to adapt to the new generation”: “Sometimes it’s not easy to make strong decisions. Above all, I believe that deep down inside, he has that competitive spirit.” The two men have lived together for more than ten years now, and the Tottenham goalkeeper has always been the 1998 world champion’s sole captain since his arrival on the bench after Laurent Blanc, who had already confirmed Hugo Lloris as a goalkeeper (which he has been since 2009).
It will therefore be the fourth World Cup for the former Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper: “Imagining playing in one is already incredible. But four is fabulous… I will appreciate it even more when it’s over “There, it remains secondary. My priority is the stake, the competition and the challenge of the matches. When I move on, surely I will appreciate more these figures which are not insignificant.” With 139 selections, Hugo Lloris could equal and surpass Lilian Thuram as the historic record holder for the France team. Let’s hope so, because that would a priori mean that the Blues will have at least reached the round of 16 or the quarter-finals, while of course wishing that the native of Nice does not get injured during the competition… “We will be ready”, he assures about his group, despite the headwinds.