Hugo Lloris tipped to be greatest goalkeeper in history of France, Joel Bats
Former France international Joel Bats believes his protégé Hugo Lloris will soon be recognized as one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers. Hugo Lloris, who has been made the captain of France, has been in superb form this season.
Joel Bats, who has been the goalkeeping coach at Lyon since 2004, has worked with Gregory Coupet, Bernard Lama and Fabien Barthez believes Hogo Lloris has the potential to become the best goalkeeper in the history of France.
“I see him going really high in the game. He is already, but I see him going still further. The generation of Buffon, Casillas, is going to start getting too old. He's the one who's going to inherit from those giants,” Joel Bats told Le Parisien.
Joel Bats has been Hugo Lloris’ mentor since his arrival at Lyon from Nice in 2008. Last summer, Hugo Lloris decided to switch allegiances to a bigger club, henceforth he joined Tottenham Hotspur.
“He's better than me, that's for sure! Because everything happens much more quickly now. Hugo is the most talented goalkeeper with which I've worked,” Joel Bats said.
“Bernard Lama had great potential too, but as well as that, Hugo has a thirst to win, to pick up trophies. In comparison to Fabien Barthez, Hugo is establishing himself in England, something Fabien didn't necessarily do. Hugo's got his whole future in front of him, and for a long time to come.”
Fabien Barthez’s turbulent spell at Manchester United saw the Frenchman’s career spiral downwards. Since his exit from national team, France has been unable to find a talented goalkeeper until now.
With Hugo Lloris replacing Brad Friedel in Tottenham Hotspur’s first-team Joel Bats believes the talented goalkeeper will help restore glory in France.
“He's bringing a little French savoir faire into English football,” Joel Bats said. “The English are not really used to coming out of their six-yard box to deal with deep balls. He's a goalkeeper who tries not to be dictated to, who tries to cause opponents problems, and who doesn't let them do things easily.
“He's aggressive as we've always tried to be. I didn't think it would take him as long to establish himself at Tottenham. He needed to learn to be patient. He had the impression that he wasn't working enough compared to what he did at Lyon. Now he's in a rhythm which suits him better.”
France is scheduled to meet Spain in their Group I battle on Tuesday. If France wins the game they will probably rob Spain from automatic qualification for the World Cup.