Pochettino hails this player’s performance after Chelsea win

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Paulo Gazzaniga for his performance in Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Tottenham took the lead through a Harry Kane penalty and defended their lead resolutely throughout the second half.

One player who came out of the game with a lot of plaudits was goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. The Argentine continued his fine form between the sticks, as he came up with several crucial saves including a brilliant reaction save at the end of the first half to make sure Spurs went into the break with their lead intact.

Gazzaniga’s handling and ability to play out from the back was also in full display, in what an assured performance from the 27-year-old.

Pochettino had high words of praise for the stopper after the game and said that he was his man of the match.

Speaking about Gazzaniga, Pochettino told Football.London, “Yes, I think he was very good. I am so happy with his performance. For me he was the man of the match, and with Harry Kane of course who scored the goal, I think he was so good.”

The 46-year-old Argentine also talked about how happy he was to have such a great selection of goalkeepers to choose from at the club.

He added, “We have one of the best keepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. We have Michel Vorm, another keeper that can play in any club in the Premier League and now, of course, Paulo Gazzaniga.”

“We have three goalkeepers, plus the younger ones, who have a lot of quality and I am so pleased to have this type of player with us.”

If Gazzaniga keeps putting up the same level of performances whenever he is given a chance, Pochettino might have to seriously consider starting him ahead of Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.

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