While Hugo Lloris (36) is going through a difficult start to 2023 for Tottenham, his younger brother Gautier (27) is one of the symbols of a Le Havre Athletic Club that is having a very good season. The time has not yet come to wonder which of the two brothers is the best, but to explain why it is Gautier.
Because HAC defends slightly better than Tottenham Without wishing to offend Tottenham, there is – this season in any case – a world of difference between the brilliant defensive organization of Le Havre, European reference, and the brutality provided by Antonio Conte’s team. Fifth in the Premier League after the first leg, the Spurs can rely on the reliability of 3e best attack in the championship, but have to face 8e worst defense in the Kingdom. To give you an idea, two relegated, West Ham (18e25 goals conceded) and Everton (19e, 26 goals against), have a less porous defense than Tottenham (27). If Hugo Lloris is not solely responsible for this failure, it is difficult not to recognize his involvement in this disastrous figure. As a great captain of this collective sinking, he started his year 2023 by releasing the ball in a terrifying way against Aston Villa (0-2) before registering a ridiculous CSC against Arsenal (0 -2). Two errors and two home losses in as many home games in 2023. Happy New Year!
Across the Channel from there, it would be an understatement to say that Gautier Lloris, pillar of HAC’s defense, where he forms a formidable central hinge with Arouna Sanganté (20 years old), is surfing in another type of wave. Before knocking out Nîmes this Friday (3-1) and flying a little further towards Ligue 1, the Norman leader can show off by saying that he stayed in 10 clean sheets for the past 11 days. It is not unreasonable, therefore, that the left-handed defender was one of three boys nominated for the trophy for the best Ligue 2 player of the month in October.
Because Gautier whispers the cyborg of Ligue 2 If HAC rolls in Ligue 2 like Arsenal does in the Premier League (respectively, 9 points ahead of the first chasers Bordeaux and 8 lengths behind before Manchester City) , it is clear that the most prolific scorer in each of these championships changes the dolphin range: thus, Josh Maja makes the happiness of the Girondins and dances the defenses of the championship of the small prefectures. The former Sunderland man tops the Ligue 2 goalscoring chart with 11 goals in 19 rounds. Never mind, less than a month ago, the day he stepped into the Océane stadium on the occasion of the clash between 1eh and the 2ethe Nigerian international seemed very small next to the great Gautier (1.92 meters), to the point of leaving the grass silent and in the pocket of the former defender of AJ Auxerre (final score 1-0).
This Thursday night, at the Etihad Stadium, Hugo Lloris will face another cyborg, the one who dehumanizes the Premier League every day: Erling Braut Haaland. In view of what is Spurs have produced in recent days defensively and given the fact that Pep Guardiola’s players are stuck with two defeats (at Southampton in the League Cup and in the Manchester derby in the league), we can already predict that the Norwegian giant will be angry and angry enjoy shooting the former OL goalkeeper.
If Haaland has already planted 21 times this season in 17 appearances, let’s not forget that Maja – whose rumors of a move to Fulham have gained momentum in recent days – has almost nothing left to prove in the Premier League. League. In 2021, during a loan spell at … Fulham, he scored in all his away league games against teams coached by Carlo Ancelotti (Everton, 0-2 doubled) and Mikel Arteta (Arsenal, 1-1). The kind of feat of arms that lends some weight to Gautier Lloris’ recent performances.
Because he made the best dive of the seasonNative of Nice – like the Lloris brothers -, Michèle Cotta once said this: “Some images are stronger than all words and all analysis, dialectics cannot reverse them, they constitute the highest argument: the evidence of truth. » On January 10, as Sochaux pushed to equalize on the grass of the Océane stadium, Gautier Lloris took it upon himself to verify the theory of the former CEO of Radio France by making an improbable tackle at the feet of Valentin Henry. Scientists still don’t understand what happened. A slipped head? A tackle from a scorpion? Call this gesture whatever you want. What is certain is that no Tottenham fan saw this drop in quality in 2023.
Because what Hugo did in 2022, Gautier did in his first professional fight. In fact, the most prestigious victory was this victory in the semi-finals against Morocco and its captain Romain Saïss. Beating Romain Saïss was a formality that Gautier Lloris fulfilled in his first league game with the pros. On January 15, 2016, the day of OGC Nice’s victory over Angers (2-1, Ben Arfa doubled from the penalty spot). Enter 91e minutes in place of Valère Germain, the n°3 of the Aiglons, launched by Claude Puel, managed the rest of the additional time wonderfully and annoyed Romain Saïss and his friends. Why should we praise his brother when he himself achieved this feat almost seven years ago? Life is not fair.
Because of the U19s of the France team, that’s what happened…Hugo Lloris is a legend of French football. His record selection status (145) and his participation in two World Cup finals leave no doubt about it. But we must also recognize that he was already a legend in 2005, when he lifted the Euro U19 in Northern Ireland beating England in the final (3-1). In 2013, during the edition organized in Lithuania, the Bleuets lost this time in the final against Serbia (0-1). This defeat could have been avoided if Gautier Lloris had arrived to strengthen the team. Unfortunately, not part of the group with 3 options for the U19s. His record in the U19s alongside Kingsley Coman, Adrien Rabiot and Clément Lenglet is two draws in the qualifying phase (Belgium 2-2, Northern Ireland 1-1) and a harsh defeat against Joshua’s Germany Kimmitch (3-4).
Because Luka Elsner is a great writer In issue 171 of SoFoot, the beautiful pen of the journalist Maxime Brigand painted a portrait of Luka Elsner, then in the bank of Amiens and now enthroned by the HAC. We learned there, among other things, that the Elsner and Lloris families knew each other very well as they lived in the same district in Nice, in Fabron. In 2012, Hugo Lloris even wrote the foreword to a self-published management book titled mind of steel. Ten years later, Luka Elsner called on Gautier Lloris to write a history book: the rise of HAC to the elite of French football.