Hugo Lloris made his first league start of the season in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, leaving Friedel 'disappointed,' but AVB is yet to decide on who will face Chelsea.
Lloris, the high-profile summer signing from Lyon, was handed his first league start, ending the 41-year-old Friedel’s run of 310 consecutive Premier League appearances. The France No.1 kept a clean sheet, but Villas-Boas was careful to praise Friedel’s “immense” displays and refused to be drawn on who will start their next fixture against Chelsea on Oct. 20.
“The change was not based on performance, because Brad has been immense. In the future we will have to decide on who to play,” Villas-Boas said. “We decided after speaking about it with the technical staff that it would be logical to get Hugo acquainted with Premier League games - he can’t only play in the Europa League. He will now play with the national team and get a continuum of four games in a row.
“We spoke with Brad, because he deserves that respect. He was obviously disappointed with the decision but he respected it, being the good professional that he is.”
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