Brad Freidel says he doesn’t have a problem with Hugo Lloris being Tottenham’s first-choice goalkeeper, and insists he has a good relationship with the Frenchman.
Lloris joined Spurs in a deal worth £12 million over the summer, but was initially forced to contend with life on the bench as manager Andre Villas-Boas opted to field Friedel instead.
However Lloris now appears to be the main man at White Hart Lane after starting Tottenham’s last six league games.
While both Lloris and French national manager Didier Deschamps kicked up a fuss when Friedel was preferred in the Tottenham goal, the veteran shotstopper says he is comfortable in his role at the club alongside Lloris and Tottenham’s two other senior goalkeepers, Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes.
“It’s not normal having four keepers of our ability at one club,” said Friedel. “It is never a player who decides who plays or who is scouted or recruited, so when Hugo came in, we welcomed him as a team-mate, not as an enemy.
“There has never been a problem between Hugo and any of the keepers and he can be outstanding in the Premier League.”
Lloris is likely to get the nod for Spurs’ weekend fixture against Stoke at White Hart Lane, a game in which striker Jermain Defoe hopes to fire his side to victory.
With a packed festive schedule coming up which will see Tottenham play four games in 10 days, Defoe is aiming for a 100% record going into the new year to set up Spurs’ charge for a top four finish.
“I feel sharp and fit because I’m playing nearly every game,” he told Sky Sports.
“My team-mates are creating a lot of chances and things couldn’t be going any better. You look at the four games and you think we should win. We’re good enough to win all four.”