Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho had major words of praise for goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga after his fantastic display in the 2-1 win over Wolves yesterday evening.
With the score level at 1-1 and Wolves dominant, Gazzaniga produced a stunning save to deny the head of Romain Saiss in the 84th minute, a moment which proved to be vital come the end of the game following Jan Vertonghen’s late winner.
Gazzaniga has been extremely reliable between the sticks since Spurs lost Hugo Lloris to injury against Brighton but with his performance at Molineux among his best in a Spurs shirt.
Mourinho claimed that the Argentine’s save reminded him of his father who played for Belenses against Wolves during his career in a UEFA Cup first round tie in 1973.
Speaking about his performance, Mourinho told Football.London, “Magic hands. Again it’s important in that situation. My father played in this stadium against Wolves in the UEFA Cup as goalkeeper.
“He was always telling me, a goalkeeper of a top team had to be different to the others because the goalkeeper of a top team doesn’t have ten saves to make. You have one, but when the one comes the magic hands have to be there and Paulo did it for us.
“In the difficult period, 1-1, I know they are very strong mentally. They want to win, they want to win. They can tell you what they want but they want top four. They want top four.
“They have the potential for that so they wanted to win the game. They were not happy with the draw. It was very important for Paulo and for us that save and then we put ourselves in a position where we could win the game.”
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Gazzaniga seems to be a real leader as he is constantly communicating with his defenders from between the sticks. I have also been impressed with his distribution and his calmness on the ball. However, I still believe Lloris is the better shot-stopper and expect the Frenchman to win his No.1 shirt back when he returns from injury.
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