In goal on Friday evening, for the first preparation match for the 2022 World Cup of the Blues: Hugo Lloris. The captain of the French football team gave an exclusive interview to Europe 1, to discover in full this weekend in Europe 1 Sport.
Friday is held in Marseille the first match of preparation for the 2022 Football World Cup for the Blues. A long-awaited meeting, against Côte d’Ivoire. In goal, as usual, one of the most familiar faces of the France team: Hugo Lloris. The captain, dean of the Blues and goalkeeper of Tottenham gave an exclusive interview to Europe 1, to discover in full this weekend in Europe 1 Sport. To wait, the Sports department of Europe 1 has selected a few pieces of the interview for you, with an unexpected Hugo Lloris.
136 selections, including 112 as captain
We know the discretion of this monument of world football, as effective on his line as sparing of his words. At the microphone of Jacques Vendroux and Cyrille de La Morinerie, Hugo Lloris goes back in time and talks about his childhood in Nice, when he did not dream of football, but of tennis with an American hero. “Pete Sampras! He’s the only athlete I’ve had posted in my room,” he explains. “A very particular, very specific game profile. An attacking player with his legendary serve and volley.”
Little Hugo has grown up. From Nice to Lyon, then Tottenham for ten years already. The French team, he joined in 2008. An extraordinary career, from the Knysna bus at the time of the Domenech / Anelka scandal in 2010, to the title of world champion in 2018. 136 selections, including 112 as captain . In seven matches, in other words in a few months, he will become, if all goes well, the most capped player in the history of the Blues, ahead of Lilian Thuram.
The 2022 World Cup, the last objective?
But for the captain of the Blues, “it has never been an obsession”: “We are getting closer, always with so much pride, with so many honors and trying to answer present for the France team”, he assures.
At 35, Hugo Lloris refuses to say if the World Cup in Qatar, in eight months, will be his last goal. What is certain is that he wants to win it at all costs and add a third star to this blue jersey, which he has been wearing for almost fifteen years.