You're out of order, Fabian! Friedel hits out at former United keeper Barthez for 'ignorant' comments
15:11 GMT, 21 September 2012
Brad Friedel has branded Fabian Barthez 'ignorant' and 'disrespectful' after the former Manchester United goalkeeper said he was baffled by Andre Villas-Boas' decision to keep the American as his number one despite the signing of Hugo Lloris.
Spurs boss Villas-Boas decided to stick with Friedel for last Sunday's win against Reading despite signing Lloris from Lyon on transfer deadline day.
The Portuguese rested 41-year-old Friedel for last night's Europa League game against Lazio and Frenchman Lloris impressed, keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.
Not impressed: Brad Friedel says Fabian Barthez's comments were disrespectful
Villas-Boas is adamant that it will take something special for him to cut short Friedel's run of 308 consecutive Barclays Premier League games.
However former France international Barthez is clearly bemused at the 34-year-old manager's management of the situation involving his country's current first-choice shot-stopper.
Backing his man: Fabian Barthez said Hugo Lloris was a better goal keeper than Friedel
'Lloris is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world,’ Barthez told Le Parisien.
'He is faster than Friedel, he jumps higher and he is very strong mentally.
'What is happening now is incomprehensible, but I'm not concerned. He will become the centre-piece of the club. Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time.’
Friedel took offence, however, and launched a scathing attack on the player who spent four years at Old Trafford at the turn of the century.
The American wrote on Twitter: ‘Just saw barthez comments. I normally don't comment on such c**p but when disrespected by someone I don't respect I must.
'Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name.'
Meanwhile Lloris is sure he will get more games and has vowed to ‘shake things up’ at White Hart Lane following his debut against Lazio.
Lloris enjoyed his debut and claimed afterwards that he is sure he is set for a bright long-term future at the north London club, regardless of where he starts Sunday's home game against QPR.
'The choice lies with the coach but I'm here to shake things up a bit,' Lloris told L'Equipe.
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'I'm not worried, if Tottenham came looking for me at Lyon, then surely I will play a part in the future of the club.
'I just hope that I get the chance to play.
'To get a bit of playing time (against Lazio) while I'm still settling in, getting to know the club and my new team-mates, that can only be a good thing.'
In truth Lloris could have hardly wished for an easier debut.
Lazio were on the back foot for most of last night's Group J clash, with their only real effort coming just before half time when Alvaro Gonzalez rattled the woodwork with a peach of a volley.
That did not stop Villas-Boas from praising Lloris afterwards, however, for his sharpness, distribution and handling of a number of aerial bombardments from the visitors.
Thumbs up: Lloris made an impressive debut against Lazio
Spurs would have taken all three points had referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan not ruled out what looked to be two legitimate goals from Steven Caulker and Clint Dempsey.
'We wanted to win this game and maybe we were not lucky this evening,' Lloris said.
'I think we had one or two opportunities to open the scoring and the referee took his decision.
'We played a great game today but Lazio played like a typical Italian team away from home. They wanted to defend and that made it difficult for us.
'But now we have to continue to work hard because we want to win the next game in this competition.’
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Part of the reason why Lloris had little to do last night was because of an excellent performance from Steven Caulker.
Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, has impressed so much recently that he has jumped ahead of skipper Michael Dawson in the Spurs pecking order and has also earned a call-up to the England squad.
The 20-year-old was making just his second Tottenham start last night, but he performed brilliantly alongside Jan Vertonghen to keep veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose quiet.
'Klose is a fantastic player,' Caulker said.
'He was fantastic with his movement and me and Jan had to be aware of him.
'We dealt with him well and defended to our best.'
Had referee Hategan not judged that Caulker had pushed Stefano Mauri on his way to heading in during the second half, the defender's first European game would have been even more memorable.
'The decision was a tad harsh,” Caulker said.
'We were unfortunate with Clint Dempsey's goal as well being marked offside, but we got a clean sheet so I was happy with that.
'Lazio looked dangerous on the counter-attack so it was good to keep a clean sheet and I'm sure that at the other end the goals will come.'