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It's a glove affair

Posted on 5 July 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes speaks exclusively in the latest issue of hotspur, the Club's official monthly magazine, in an interview that gets right to the bottom of one of the team's biggest characters.

It's a glove affair

Heurelho Gomes speaks exclusively in the latest issue of hotspur, the Club's official monthly magazine, in an interview that gets right to the bottom of one of the team's biggest characters.

It is amazing to think the popular goalkeeper arrived from PSV Eindhoven only one year ago and is now firmly established as our number one.

And as he says in this insightful piece, Gomes puts the ease at which he has settled into life at The Lane down to his relationship with the fans.

"I think here at Spurs I have an identification with the supporters that is very good for me. I do feel they respect me," says the Brazilian international.

"I always thought, even at the start of last season - and then regardless of whether I played well or not - that they were behind me and that's very, very important.

"Football is not about managers and players, it is about the fans. They are the ones who work hard, pay the money to watch us play, and support their club through thick and thin.

"So, here for me at Spurs, I've always felt that I have had some kind of special relationship with supporters to that is very important."

At times, Gomes' first season in English football was not the easiest, and with the emotive insights he gives in this interview, it is easy to see how the bad times could have affected him.

But one thing that does come across to hotspur readers is an unwavering belief in his own ability that helps him overcome the toughest of experiences.

"When the team loses, whether it's my fault or not, I can't help but go home and feel really bad. If it has been my fault, I feel especially sad, because I always want to give my best.

"I know how serious everybody is here about success, and I know how important winning is to the players, coaches and fans, and I'm never happy or calm if I know that I have in some way contributed to the team not winning.

"But I know my qualities and I try to stay positive. If I wasn't doing well, I would always know that I could do better because I think of myself as a goalkeeper that gets points for the team."

However, the only place to read the interview in full is by picking up a copy of the June issue of hotspur, which also includes Harry Redknapp, Danny Rose, and a full rundown of the 2009/10 Premier League fixture list.

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