If most of the footballers in French National continued without making any major statements or public appearances after the World Cup, beyond the logical display of playing for their respective clubs again, the case of Hugo Loris it’s just the opposite.
The French archer, world champion in Russia 2018 and runner-up in Qatar 2022, First, he announced his retirement from the national team. So, he indirectly attacked the Draw Martinez, saying this “I don’t know how to fool around on goal or destabilize the opponent by playing on the edge” and now he has returned to referring to the final against Argentina with a strong definition.
While there were those who labeled the crossing between Argentina and Holland as “The battle of Lusail”, in the words of louis vangaal in preview, the Topo Gigio of Lionel Messi and all that surrounded that hot quarterfinal match, Lloris put the final on the same level: “It was like a boxing match”, he said abruptly.
“These are painful moments. We fought, it was a real fight. It was like a boxing match.”condemned the goalkeeper, in dialogue with the Telefoot channel, recalling the dramatic result of the World Cup.
Questioned for not being able to save any of the five penalties kicked – one in regulation time and the four on penalties – the teammate of the Cristian Cuti Romero in Tottenham he made his self-criticism: “You say to yourself: What could I have done better?”
“Penalties are something I haven’t had success with in my career. Unfortunately, that night the success was on the side of the Argentines.”He complained.
At the same time, he praised the potential successors of the captain he is leaving at Les Bleus. “A player like Raphael Varane He can easily claim it, but there is also another one who is growing strongly at all levels, on and off the pitch and also in group and locker room life, which is Kylian Mbappe”.
“I gave my all”
In an interview with L’Equipe, Hugo Lloris announced his retirement from the French squad on 9 January. At 36, he says goodbye after having played 145 matches for his national team (a historic record ahead of Lilian Thuram’s 142) and a World Cup. Furthermore, he is the goalkeeper with the most PJs (20) at the World Cup.
The reason for his decision is clear: “I see that I no longer recover mentally like before. I finished (the World Cup) exhausted. I hope that a little more detachment will allow me to continue playing at the highest level for several years and have more freshness,” said the goalkeeper, who has a contract with Tottenham until 2024.
The French DT, Didier Deschampshe regretted the news, but respected his resolve: “We have to respect his decision, even though he still had his full place in our team.”
With him, Steve Mandandathe 37-year-old substitute ‘1’ who had minutes in the match against Tunisia, when qualification for the round of 16 was already assured, also withdrew from the national team.
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