The American veteran has kept his place in Spurs' starting line-up despite France number one Lloris' summer move from Lyon but he feels it is important to have competition for spots in Andre Villas-Boas' squad.
"It was always in his plans to play me against Chelsea and I knew from the point he benched me against Aston Villa, " Friedel told sportsillustrated.com in regards to the pair being alternated in the last three matches.
"The media wanted to make out that it was this big fight between Hugo and myself and the manager, but there was never a big fight.
"The fact is Tottenham have been looking for the last year and a half for a long-term No.1 goalkeeper.
"I don't think they envisioned what my fitness levels would be at this age and I sort of surprised myself.
"So we have a competition now. It's healthy, but there's a competition. It's friendly."