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By FRANCO PANIZO
Brad Friedel’s spell on the sidelines may turn out to be as brief as anyone could have imagined.
Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas hinted that Friedel could be back to starting in between the pipes for Spurs in this weekend’s match against Chelsea. Friedel had seen his consecutive start streak in the Premiership come to a close prior to the international break as Hugo Lloris got the nod over him in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa, but now Villas-Boas seems keen on playing the veteran American goalkeeper again.
“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,” Villas-Boas told British outlet the Guardian. “Hugo has been tremendous for us in exactly the same manner. We spoke about the Villa team selection beforehand and it was difficult for Brad. It was not based on performance that we made the switch, that’s for sure. Brad was looking good.
“We had the opportunity to give Hugo a consecutive run of four games, including the two internationals and that is what has happened. We are extremely happy about the fact we did. It gave him his first impact of Premier League football. But as a great professional, [you] have to move on from that.”
Should Friedel indeed start over Lloris this weekend against the Premiership leaders, it would mark the latest turn in a goalkeeping saga for Spurs that likely will run through the end of the season.
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