'He's the best' - Mauricio on Toni
Tue 25 September 2018, 16:24|Tottenham Hotspur
Speak to any of our senior goalkeepers and they will tell you about the impact and influence their coach Toni Jimenez continues to have on a daily basis.
Hugo Lloris, now a World Cup-winning captain, said: "I’m enjoying every day in my work with Toni. I’m still learning a lot from him. He helped me to become a modern goalkeeper."
"He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with," said Michel Vorm. "I came to the Club when I was 30 and I’m still learning and becoming a better goalkeeper, and that’s thanks to him."
It's that work behind-the-scenes that makes sure Paulo Gazzaniga is on point for a last-minute call, just like he had for his debut against Palace last season and again at Brighton on Saturday.
Hugo is injured and Michel suffered a knee problem in training on Friday so Paulo stepped up at the Amex.
Just like Palace, he put in a Man of the Match performance, this time in tricky conditions for a goalkeeper as the rain poured down in Sussex.
Toni wasn't far from Paulo’s thoughts at the Amex. "He's is doing a great job and not just with me but with all the young lads and of course Hugo and Mich as well," he said. "This is a big merit for Toni."
It’s no surprise that Toni’s friend and manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks the world of him.
Team-mates at Espanyol in the 1990s, Toni joined Mauricio’s coaching team at the same club in 2011 and they’ve been together ever since, alongside assistant manager Jesus Perez and first team coach Miguel D’Agostino.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mauricio said: "For me, he’s the best goalkeeping coach in the world. His mentality, his passion...I’ve not seen with other people. I’m so lucky to have him next to me.
"His energy is amazing and the way he works deserves to be praised, providing all his experience, knowledge and commitment to the team, the Club, the players.
"He’s a crazy guy with that passion, clever...of course there are other excellent goalkeeping coaches but for me, he’s the best."