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Moussa Sissoko hails ‘unbelievable’ Hugo Lloris after penalty save

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Moussa Sissoko heaped praise on his “unbelievable” Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris after saving a penalty in their 1-0 Champions League win against Manchester City.

The French keeper redeemed himself for a costly late error at Liverpool recently by superbly denying Sergio Aguero’s penalty kick in the 13th-minute.

It marked a welcome turnaround for Lloris, whose reputation as one of the best keepers around had been put into question this season amid a number of notable blunders.

There had even been suggestions that number two Paulo Gazzaniga should start the remaining games of Spurs’ campaign due to Lloris’ form.

“Hugo is an unbelievable keeper and he shows it every week,” Sissoko told Spurs TV.

“We are very lucky to have him with us, so hopefully he can keep going in that way until the end of the season.”

Despite Harry Kane’s injury-setback, Spurs undisputedly had the measure of City throughout the match at their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side emerged as deserved 1-0 victors following Son Heung-min’s 78th-minute match-winner.

And Sissoko believes the key to Spurs’ win was down to their greater desire than City.

“I think our desire,” replied the midfielder, when asked what proved to be key behind their winning performance.

“We work as a team from the beginning to the end and Hugo kept us in the game with this big save. I think we can all be happy about the performance and we need to keep going.

“We are very happy about the performance. We knew it would be a tough game. City are one of the best teams in the world.

“But we were playing at home, in front of our fans, in this amazing stadium, so we knew we could do it. It was a very tough game, but we won.”

The return leg between Spurs and City will take place at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.