Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris acknowledges his 'risky game'

The Frenchman is noted for his speed off his line but has come unstuck on a couple of occasions and was fortunate not to concede a penalty for a challenge on Ashley Young
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is aware he plays a "risky game" and is enjoying the challenge of adapting to English football.

The Frenchman arrived at Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais in 2012 and has become the club's first-choice shot-stopper despite a number of differences between the Premier League and Ligue 1.

The 27-year-old is noted for acting as a sweeper for Tottenham, charging off his line to clear opposition attacks but says that is part of his game and that he likes to boss his area of the pitch, despite the challenges he has faced since arriving in England.

"Let's say in England football is different than in France, notably in game speed," he told France Football.

"No one is giving up, too. I discovered that coming here. In England, there is a lot of contact in the box, a lot of quality crosses. A lot of presence, too.

"Here, the keeper is less protected than in France or in European competitions. It is important to know to fight, notably on corners.

"I have always heard I am not strong enough, I didn't have the right body for that league. That is no trouble to me, as long as you know your body and your qualities and drawbacks.

"Since I have been in England I didn't rush into body-building. I have gone on working as I did in France, but adapting to the different approach of the keeper's position.

"I always had a risky game. I have always tried to control my box, and even a bit further away.

"I want to be the boss of the area. Then, sometimes you get success, sometimes not."