Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel will start ahead of summer signing Hugo Lloris against Chelsea this weekend.
The 41-year-old American looked set to lose his place between the sticks when Spurs splashed out on the former Lyon stopper in the closing stages of the transfer window.
However, manager Villas-Boas has kept faith with Friedel at White Hart Lane, and his excellent form appears likely to keep him in possession of the jersey for another game at least.
"They compete for a position. In the end, we have made Brad the No. 1 for the beginning of the season and we still see Brad as No. 1, a player who has been tremendous in goal for us,” said AVB ahead of this weekend’s London derby.
“Hugo has been tremendous for us in exactly the same manner. It is obviously a decision I have to take, which I will take [on Friday] and in the future.”
The Tottenham Hotspur boss also touched on his decision to drop Friedel in favour of the 25-year-old three weeks ago, ending the former Blackburn and Aston Villa stopper’s eight-year consecutive run of appearances in the Premier League in a match against one of his former clubs.
"In the end, it was difficult for him, not because of the consecutive run - he was looking good. It was not on performance that we made the switch, that's for sure. We had the opportunity to give Hugo a consecutive run of four games - including the two national team games like it happened,” added Villas-Boas in reference to the 2-0 win over the Villains.
“We are extremely happy about the fact we did. It gave him the first impact of Premier League football. But, as a great professional, he has to move on from that."
Lloris was in fine form for his national side in midweek, helping Les Bleus to a 1-1 draw against European and World champions Spain. He is sure to be disappointed if, as expected, AVB goes for experience in the clash against Chelsea.