Hugo Lloris: "If you can't win then make sure you don't lose!" And on Son's blip...
Exclusive interview by Alessandro Schiavone at London Stadium
Skipper Hugo Lloris admitted that Tottenham Hotspur could also have come away with zero points from the London Stadium as West Ham enjoyed good spells during the derby.
The Hammers peppered his goal in the opening period and could have taken a 4-0 lead had Lloris not come to his side’s rescue with a number of stupendous saves to deny Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals.
But instead it was Antonio Conte’s North Londoners that found themselves ahead after former PSG defender Thilo Kehrer bundled Harry Kane’s square pass into his own net on 34 minutes.
Yet the French World Cup winner insisted there’s no shame in drawing against West Ham away.
He told Capital Football: “We could have lost the game at the end as West Ham had two chances.
“Obviously as I said we started every game to win but then there’s an opponent and this is the Premier League.
“We are still unbeaten and to get one point here is good, is not bad, even if our expectation is to come and to win.
“I believe that in the first half [had we] pushed a little bit more we controlled so well the game that we could have [scored] a second goal.
“But well it’s part of the game, the season is very long and also we have to learn from the past.
“If you can’t win like today in the second half at 1-1 then don’t lose.”
Last season’s top scorer Son Heung-Min has yet to score this term as his statistics pale in comparison to last season when he netted a stunning 23 to help Spurs reach the Champions League against the odds and ahead of schedule.
But Lloris played down suggestions that Son is punching below his weight, saying that goals breed confidence.
Yet despite firing another blank, the 35-year-old former Lyon keeper highlighted how his work rate off the ball must not be overlooked.
And he has no doubts that the South Korean will click into gear at the right time because he is a "top player".
He said: “No [he is not off the pace], he is still looking for his first goal.
“He’s an offensive player, they need the confidence.
And they only get the confidence by scoring goals.
“But we cannot forget the work that he has done.
“He’s completely involved without the balls, he’s making a lot of runs to help the defence.
“And offensively he’s going to come for sure because he’s a top player with a top mentality.
“But also it’s a busy period.
“We need to make sure that everyone is ready to help the team.”