Gazzaniga on what it takes to become number one

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Paulo Gazzaniga

Tottenham Hotspur faced somewhat of a keeper crisis last month, after both their first choice and second choice shot stoppers fell to injury.

Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm were both out for a number of weeks, with the former also having a recent drink driving charge still looming over him.

Up stepped third choice keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, signed from Southampton two years ago.

Gazzaniga earned three man of the match awards from his first three games, an achievement simply unheard of for many players, yet alone a goalie.

The Argentinian impressed immensely during his time between the sticks, proving he’s ready to make the step up to second choice behind club captain Lloris.

With Hugo now at 31-years of age, and Vorm on the last year of his contract, Gazzaniga may have also thrown his name in the hat as a long-term replacement as Tottenham’s first choice.

The six foot five shot stopper had this to say in the match day programme (as quoted by Football London): “I feel confident because this is my second year here at Spurs and I know more of the lads. I feel like I have the support of the people, the staff and my team-mates as well.

“That makes me feel more comfortable when I play and I’m grateful to them for that. It is teamwork. I’m grateful to the fans because when someone goes in goal we need that kind of support. I’m very thankful to them for that.

“The most important thing is to enjoy yourself. Every single minute and every single second I’m on the pitch I enjoy it.

“It is very important. Every minute in every single session at the training ground is so important and you have to try to do everything 100 per cent because you never know when your time is going to come.

“That’s why it’s not a coincidence that I feel I’ve played well, it’s all down to hard work and doing my job as well as I can in training, that is key.”

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