Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has been explaining to France Football his handling of French international keeper Hugo Lloris, a summer signing who has had to be patient in his efforts to earn a starting berth.
"The arrival of Hugo Lloris was a difficult situation. We didn't want to be unfair. The ones who play have to deserve it with their performances.
"When Hugo arrived, he did so with an eye on the future. His qualities were never questioned, but Brad (Friedel) was doing very well at that time.
"It didn't mean that I doubted Hugo, I just wanted him to stand out on merit, not on reputation.
"It was difficult for Hugo. He is a famous and well respected player. He is the best of the French keepers. It was difficult for him to accept and I admit that it may have made him impatient at times."