Sat 03 December 2022 | 13:31

Hugo Lloris puts World Cup success before personal milestone

France captain Hugo Lloris insists victory against Poland and progression to the World Cup quarter-finals is more important than a personal milestone.

Defending champions


faces Poland in a last-16 match in Doha on Sunday.

Hugo Lloris

can match Lilian Thuram's record of 142 matches for France against Poland. Lloris made his France debut in 2008 and was part of the squad that won the 2018 World Cup.

Ahead of the game, Lloris said that victory against Poland is more important than personal success.

"It's quite something and I am very honoured to reach that figure and that number of caps, but it's a day before a last-16 game, so that [the record] is of course secondary,"

he said.

"The World Cup is the most important thing and I am 100 per cent focused on tomorrow's game. It's going to be a battle and we will all need to be 100 per cent focused.

"I will appreciate reaching that record once the tournament is over.”

Tottenham goalkeeper was asked about facing Robert Lewandowski who scored his first goal at the

World Cup

in the group stage.

Lloris added:

"Lewandowski is one of the best number nines in the world and has been for some time now. He's an important player for Poland but we are facing a team that defends well, that works hard, and then you have Lewandowski up front and he is clinical.

"Also, they have Wojciech Szczesny, who has played a magical tournament in goal.

"Poland deserve to be here. We have been trying to analyse their matches to see what type of game we will be facing. There's also a mental element that comes in at this stage so we will have to be ready."

Lloris also said he is ready for the potential penalty shoot-outs but believes luck plays a big part in it.

"We have all the tools at our disposal to analyse penalty taking but there is always a bit of chance,"

he said.

"You can study what has happened before and then the penalty taker does the opposite of what you're expecting.

"You can prepare but there's always an element of instinct that comes into play. If the penalty is well taken you have little chance of saving it.”

France lost against Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out in the last 16 round at the Euro 2020. France manager Didier Deschamps said they have to do their best to beat Poland to avoid another shocking exit.

"We don't talk about the past,"

he said.

"I don't think it's worth it, especially a match that we've lost. Now we are facing another round of 16 game but it's not the same opponent.

"We try to approach each match in a similar way. The group phase games were all difficult and now we have the best 16 teams in the world, even if you might not think so on paper. The games are getting tougher and we are going to have to be at our best."

source: SportMob

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