Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris insists era of vocal leaders is over - 'I'm not here to fight my team-mates'

SAM LONG

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes he does not need a vocal leadership style to be an effective captain for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and was appointed skipper in the summer of 2015 after Pochettino's first season in charge at White Hart Lane.

The 30-year-old, who is also France's national team captain, does not conform to the traditional captaincy stereotype.

Lloris has an unassuming presence when compared to the fiery, combustible leaders of old but he is adamant his style has been allowed to flourish due to football's ongoing evolution.

"The time when the captain was shouting is over," he told ESPN. "It's always an evolution in football - the players, the mentality, the captains, the managers.

"It's important to question yourself in football if you want to keep a high level.

"I try to be natural with my team-mates and my manager. I try to be loyal, and a good example on the pitch and off the pitch.

"I'm here to help my teammates, not to fight against them."

Despite his softly-spoken nature, Lloris does not lack the confidence needed to bark out orders when required.

Lloris is also adept at having a quiet word amidst the heat of battle; as he did in the wake of Dele Alli's recent clash with Watford's Jose Holebas.

And the goalkeeper, who will lead Spurs out at Wembley on Saturday evening, believes the unity within the north Londoners' camp makes his job far easier.

"When I have to say something, I say it - that's not a problem," Lloris added.

"I'm lucky because in the changing room, there's a lot of great guys. I feel that we share the same values and we all want to go the same way."

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