4 September 2012 04:53
Didier Deschamps has expressed his concern over Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas’ comments regarding goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon last week, but Villas-Boas has claimed USA veteran Brad Friedel will remain his first-choice goalkeeper.
The decision could jeopardize Lloris’ place in the France starting line-up, with national coach Deschamps confirming the player is concerned.
“Lloris did not appreciate Villas-Boas’ statements,” Deschamps was quoted as saying by Telefoot.
“I saw what Villas-Boas said. If I comment on this, it is going to echo on the other side of the (English) Channel, but it surprised me.
“I’m not going to create a problem that I’m not part of, but if it happens (Lloris does not play) then it will be worth talking about.
“You all know the value of Hugo. I do not know what will happen but I hope everything goes well for him.”
Deschamps also discussed his team’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts against Finland in Helsinki on Friday.
“Our objective is clear, to qualify for the World Cup and it starts with the first match,” he said.
“We will first think of the first game. The goal is to start well and ideally win in Finland.”
France have been drawn against Georgia, Belarus, Finland and reigning champions Spain in Group I of UEFA qualifying.