Clement Lenglet welcomed his first Tottenham start with a “big win” and praised international Hugo Lloris’ role after the 2-1 win against Fulham.
France defender Lenglet has been handed a full debut for the London derby by head coach Antonio Conte and saw goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Kane in each half led to a fourth triumph of the new Premier League campaign.
However, an Aleksandar Mitrovic curler in the 83rd minute set the stage for a nervous final and Fulham’s six-goal killer forced Lloris to make an excellent save with two minutes remaining, but the Spurs captain tipped over his deflected shot to ensure that the hosts scored three important points.
Lenglet said: “That’s the definition of Hugo Lloris, isn’t it? He is always there when we have a bad moment and when we are in trouble.
“He showed all his quality in this parade and we are very happy to have Hugo behind us.
“It’s a big win because it’s a difficult opponent. We’re playing a good game, with a lot of intention to win the ball to try to cause problems against this team and we’ve found a lot of solutions to score goals.
“Maybe we didn’t score many goals, but that’s not a problem because we’re winning and that’s the most important thing.”
Barcelona loanee Lenglet had played just four minutes of Spurs’ first five games and missed the clash with Chelsea with a minor muscle problem.
He fitted seamlessly down the left side of a back three alongside Cristian Romero and Eric Dier and showed plenty of quality, particularly when he passed out from defense twice during a dominant Tottenham show in which they produced 23 shots and hit the woodwork twice.
“Yes, very happy because it’s a new challenge for me, a new competition, a new team, a new stadium, so everything was new and I’m very, very happy to start with my teammates and win,” said Lenglet to SpursPlay.
“Maybe if we look at the stats we can say we win 3-0 but the Premier League is like that. You have to be focused for 97 minutes to win the game and hopefully we did a good job.”
While the final result made it seem like a close battle, Fulham boss Marco Silva conceded they didn’t reach the heights of previous performances last month as they took points from Liverpool and brought Arsenal close.
“Tottenham deserve the three points,” he said.
“It was definitely not our best performance. Most of the time we didn’t meet our standards. Our first half wasn’t good enough. We knew how they would put us under pressure and most of the time it wasn’t good enough on the ball. We gave the ball away so easily, even without pressure.
“They would wait for our mistake, they would try to be solid and compact every time. Even without pressure, we made so many wrong decisions. We weren’t dynamic at all to create more problems.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/hugo-lloris-antonio-conte-harry-kane-aleksandar-mitrovic-pierreemile-hojbjerg-b2159372.html Clement Lenglet hails the influence of Hugo Lloris in Tottenham’s win over Fulham