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Hans hands it to Cudicini

Posted on 31 January 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Hans Segers believes the form of Carlo Cudicini has been a key factor in Chelsea's impressive season so far.

The Italian goalkeeper has been in fine form all season - as we witnessed first hand at the Lane back in November - as Chelsea push for a place in the Champions League.

Cudicini was outstanding in that goalless draw when we last met and produced one of the saves of the season to deny Jamie Redknapp's free-kick.

It's that ability to make the crucial save that has taken him to another level and many believe he's the Premiership's number one this campaign.

"For me, Cudicini has been the turning point for Chelsea Football Club," said Hans, our goalkeeper coach and a veteran of over 300 appearances in Wimbledon's heyday.

"He's been in and out for a couple of years and it took that long for him to establish himself but I'd seen him before, he always had the ability and now he makes saves, keeps hold of the ball and he's improved.

"He would certainly be in my top three in the Premiership this season.

"You are looking for your goalkeeper to be nice and consistent but then, if you are a world-class goalkeeper, the question is can you make the saves at the crucial moments? He's been doing it all season and all credit to him."

So who else has caught Hans' eye? Naturally, he's been impressed with our number Kasey Keller, who has enjoyed a fine season.

He added: "I've been very pleased with Kasey and his international colleague Brad Friedel has kept goal very well since being man of the match against us in the Worthington Cup Final last season. He's carried that form on.

"Mark Schwarzer at Middlesbrough has caught my eye with some good performances and Russell Hoult has done well but he was always going to busy at West Brom.

"It's a lot harder for a goalkeeper when you only get one or two balls each half. It's what we talked about earlier - when that crucial moment comes, can you make the save? That's what being a goalkeeper is all about."