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AVB brushes off Lloris barb

Andre Villas-Boas dismissed Didier Deschamps' latest criticism of Hugo Lloris after the Tottenham goalkeeper's error in last night's 3-1 win over Maribor.

Deschamps renewed his attack on Villas-Boas yesterday, claiming Lloris was losing his sharpness after being used in a rotation system with Spurs number one Brad Friedel.

The France head coach had twice previously questioned the wisdom of Lloris' decision to swap Lyon for Tottenham.

"He does not have enough playing time," Deschamps was quoted as saying in the French media.

"He plays one game per week in the Europa League. He is a competitor and he cannot simply play two or three matches."


When asked how he felt about Deschamps' constant carping on his goalkeeper, Villas-Boas pointed to his head and said: "It goes in one ear and comes out the other."

Lloris' failure to clear a Kyle Naughton back pass allowed Robert Beric to equalise just before half-time in the Europa League Group J meeting at White Hart Lane.

But Villas-Boas insisted Lloris still had a chance of making Spurs' team for Sunday's game at Manchester City.

He said: "Sometimes things like this happen. It happened to us at Chelsea with Petr Cech last year. It's mistakes that make you evolve as a player and I have no problem with that.

"It could happen to any goalkeeper during any game. It will not affect my decision-making."

Tottenham ran away with the game thanks to Jermain Defoe's hat-trick.

He said: "It was amazing (to score a hat-trick). As a forward you get judged on scoring goals. It's the best thing in the world but it was important we won the game tonight."