Paulo Gazzaniga took on some words of advice from Mauricio Pochettino after an impressive debut against Palace.
Our third choice goalkeeper was called into action on Sunday after injuries to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm and made some fine saves in a Man of the Match performance on our way to an important 1-0 win at Wembley.
A terrific low save from a shot from former Spur Andros Townsend at the start of the second was the one of the highlights of his performance before Heung-Min Son secured all three points with the only goal of the game on 64 minutes.
Speaking to the club website the Argentinian stopper said “I saw Michel last night (Saturday) and he wasn’t good, so when Toni (Jimenez, goalkeeping coach) told me this morning (Sunday) I was going to play, I was mentally ready,” he said.
“I just tried to be calm, try to do the easy things and didn’t try to do too much.
Gazzaniga added “Every time you play for the first time it’s very emotional. I was nervous in the first few seconds but after that you get the atmosphere and my team-mates helped me as well.
“I spoke to the gaffer after the game and he said ‘you have to be ready, football doesn’t wait for anyone’, so you have to be ready.
On his performance Paulo said “I feel so happy because of the performance, the clean sheet and the three points. It was a massive result for us.”
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