Why Gautier Lloris is stronger than his brother Hugo / Premier League / J7 / Manchester City-Tottenham / SOFOOT.com

While Hugo Lloris (36) is going through a difficult start to 2023 for Tottenham, his little brother Gautier (27) is one of the symbols of a Le Havre Athletic Club which is having a flamboyant season. The time has not come to wonder which of the two brothers is the best, but to explain why it is Gautier.

  • Because the HAC defends slightly better than TottenhamWithout wishing to offend Tottenham, there is – this season in any case – a world of difference between the brilliant defensive organization of Le Havre, European reference, and the atrocities delivered by the team of Antonio Conte. Fifth in the Premier League after the first leg, the Spurs can count on the reliability of the 3e best attack in the championship, but have to deal with the 8e worst defense in the Kingdom. To give you an idea, two relegated, West Ham (18e25 goals conceded) and Everton (19e, 26 goals against), have a less porous defense than that of Tottenham (27). If Hugo Lloris is not solely responsible for this fiasco, it is difficult not to recognize his involvement in this disastrous figure. As a good captain of this collective sinking, he started his year 2023 by releasing a ball in a grotesque way against Aston Villa (0-2) before registering a laughable CSC against Arsenal (0-2). Two blunders and two home defeats in as many league home games in 2023. Happy New Year!

    Across the Channel from there, it is an understatement to say that Gautier Lloris, pillar of the HAC defense, where he forms a formidable central hinge with Arouna Sanganté (20 years old), is surfing on another type of wave. Before overthrowing Nîmes this Friday (3-1) and flying a little more towards Ligue 1, the Norman leader could show off by saying that he remained on 10 clean sheets over the last 11 days. It is not illogical, therefore, that the left-handed defender was one of the three boys nominated for the trophy for best Ligue 2 player of the month in October.

  • Because Gautier has muzzled the cyborg of Ligue 2 If the HAC is rolling in Ligue 2 like Arsenal is doing in the Premier League (respectively 9 points ahead of the first pursuer Bordeaux and 8 lengths behind ahead of Manchester City), it is clear that the most prolific scorer in each of these championships evolves in the ranks of the dolphin: thus, Josh Maja makes the happiness of the Girondins and dance the defenses of the championship of the small prefectures. The former Sunderland tops the Ligue 2 goalscoring charts with 11 goals in 19 rounds. Never mind, less than a month ago, the day he set foot at the Océane stadium on the occasion of the clash between 1er and the 2ethe Nigerian international seemed very small next to the great Gautier (1.92 meters), to the point of leaving the lawn silent and in the pocket of the former defender of AJ Auxerre (final score 1-0).

    This Thursday evening, at the Etihad Stadium, Hugo Lloris will face another cyborg, the one who dehumanizes the Premier League a little more every day: Erling Braut Haaland. In view of what the Spurs have produced in recent days defensively and given the fact that Pep Guardiola’s players remain on two losses (at Southampton in the League Cup and in the Manchester derby in the league), we can already guess that the Norwegian giant will get angry and get angry. take pleasure in shooting the former OL goalkeeper.

    If Haaland has already planted 21 times this season in 17 appearances, let’s not forget that Maja – whose rumors of a transfer to Fulham have gained momentum in recent days – already has almost nothing left to prove in the Premier League. League. In 2021, during a loan to … Fulham, he had thus scored all of his away league goals against teams coached by Carlo Ancelotti (Everton, 0-2 doubled) and Mikel Arteta (Arsenal , 1-1). The kind of feat of arms which gives a little more weight to the recent performances of Gautier Lloris.

  • Because he made the most beautiful dive of the seasonNative of Nice – like the Lloris brothers -, Michèle Cotta once said this: “Some images are stronger than all words and all analyses, they cannot be reversed by dialectics, they form the supreme argument: the evidence of reality. » On January 10, as Sochaux pushed to equalize on the lawn of the Océane stadium, Gautier Lloris took it upon himself to verify the theory of the former CEO of Radio France by making an improbable tackle in the feet of Valentin Henry. Scientists still don’t understand what happened. A slipped head? A tackle from the scorpion? Call this gesture whatever you want. What is certain is that no Tottenham fan has seen a dip of this quality in 2023.

  • Because what Hugo did in 2022, Gautier did in his first professional match. In fact, the most prestigious victory is therefore this victory in the semi-finals against Morocco and its captain Romain Saïss. Beating Romain Saïss is a formality that Gautier Lloris fulfilled in his first league game with the pros. It was January 15, 2016, the day of a victory for OGC Nice against Angers (2-1, doubled by Ben Arfa from the penalty spot). Entered the 91e minute in place of Valère Germain, the n°3 of the Aiglons, launched by Claude Puel, managed the rest of the additional time wonderfully and disgusted Romain Saïss and his gang. Why should we applaud his brother when he himself achieved this feat almost seven years earlier? Life is unfair.

  • Because with the U19s of the France team, that’s what happened…Hugo Lloris is a legend of French football. His record selection status (145) and his participation in two World Cup finals leave no doubt about it. But we must also recognize that he was already a legend in 2005, when he lifted the Euro U19 in Northern Ireland by beating England in the final (3-1). In 2013, during the edition organized in Lithuania, the Bleuets lost this time in the final against Serbia (0-1). This defeat might have been avoided if Gautier Lloris had come to strengthen the team. Unfortunately, the one who has 3 selections for the U19s was not part of the group. His record with the U19s alongside Kingsley Coman, Adrien Rabiot and Clément Lenglet is two draws in the qualifying phase (Belgium 2-2, Northern Ireland 1-1) and a cruel friendly defeat against Joshua’s Germany Kimmitch (3-4).

  • Because Luka Elsner is a great writer In issue 171 of SoFoot, the beautiful pen of journalist Maxime Brigand painted the portrait of Luka Elsner, then on the bench of Amiens and who is now installed on the throne of the HAC. We learned there, among other things, that the Elsner and Lloris families knew each other very well for having lived in the same district in Nice, in Fabron. In 2012, Hugo Lloris even wrote the preface to a self-published book on management entitled mind of steel. Ten years later, Luka Elsner called on Gautier Lloris to write a history book: that of the rise of the HAC in the elite of French football.

    By Matthieu Pecot

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