Friedel hits out at 'ignorant' Barthez over Lloris comments

The Tottenham keeper blasts the former Manchester United No.1 for stating that the France captain is better than his team-mate and will not be on the bench for a long time
Brad Friedel has slammed former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez following the Frenchman's comments suggesting that Hugo Lloris should be first choice at Tottenham.

While the American is approaching the end of his career at the age of 41, he has kept his place in Premier League football despite the £12 million deadline-day arrival of the Frenchman from Lyon.

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Lloris made his Spurs debut in the 0-0 Europa League draw against Lazio on Thursday and insisted afterwards that he was happy to earn a regular spot at White Hart Lane but Barthez suggested that the choice should be a simple one, telling Le Parisien: "Lloris is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world.

"He is faster than Friedel, he jumps higher, and he is very strong mentally. What is happening now is incomprehensible, but I am not concerned. He will become the centre-piece for the club.

"Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time."

But the comments seem to have upset the American keeper, who took to Twitter to highlight his issues with the former Manchester United man's comments.

"Just saw Barthez comments," Friedel wrote. "I normally don't comment on such crap, but when disrespected by someone I don't respect I must.

"Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name."