France and Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has picked his national team captain Hugo Lloris as a better goalkeeper than his club and Belgium’s shotstopper Thibaut Courtois.
Giroud will be fighting to shatter the World Cup dreams of his club team-mate Courtois by opening his goal account when the two nations clash in a blockbuster semi-final in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
Both shot-stoppers enter the match in fine form, Courtois starring in Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final upset of Brazil while Lloris produced a stunning stop to help preserve a clean sheet in France’s defeat of Uruguay.
Giroud, acknowledges the physical differences between the pair but joked they do have one thing in common.
“They have the same right foot,” he told reporters in Russia on Sunday. “They don’t use it much.
“Thibaut has an impressive wingspan. It’s hard to beat him on the sides. He can stop balls in any area.
“I have scored a few goals against him in training with Chelsea and I hope I can do it on Tuesday.
“They’re both great keepers. And they both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo.
“The best is Hugo. Sorry Thibaut.”
Courtois boasts two clean sheets from five matches in Russia while Lloris has two in four.