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The gaffer told me 'football doesn't wait for anyone' - Paulo Gazzaniga

06 November 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Paulo Gazzaniga soaked up words of advice from Mauricio Pochettino after an impressive debut against Palace.

The goalkeeper was called into action on Sunday after injuries to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm and made some fine saves on our way to an important 1-0 win at Wembley.

A low tip around the post to deny former Spur Andros Townsend at the start of the second was the pick of Paulo’s saves before Heung-Min Son struck the only goal of the game on 64 minutes.

Below: Paulo keeps out Scott Dann's header in the first half


Paulo told us he had an idea he’d be playing on Saturday night.

“I saw Michel last night (Saturday) and he wasn’t good, so when Toni (Jimenez, goalkeeping coach) told me this morning (Sunday) I was going to play, I was mentally ready,” he said.

“I just tried to be calm, try to do the easy things and didn’t try to do too much.

“Every time you play for the first time it’s very emotional. I was nervous in the first few seconds but after that you get the atmosphere and my team-mates helped me as well.

“I spoke to the gaffer after the game and he said ‘you have to be ready, football doesn’t wait for anyone’, so you have to be ready.

“I feel so happy because of the performance, the clean sheet and the three points. It was a massive result for us.”