Lloris stepped in for Paulo Gazzaniga after fully recovering from his elbow injury.
"It's happiness to see one of the best goalkeepers in the world to be back," he said.
"It's a very good feeling for us but at the same time it is one of these decisions that sometimes we must have it, but it hurts. To leave Paulo out hurts.
"The good thing is that he is such a good member of the family and he is such a special friend of Hugo that I think he also shared our happiness to have Hugo back as a friend.
"For me he gave me a lot of thinking and I had to try to be cold to make a decision without emotions because to leave Paulo out is not easy."