Mauricio Pochettino has lauded the performance of Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga after he deputised at the weekend. Spurs were unable to call on number one Hugo Lloris once again on Saturday and Pochettino made the surprise move to draft in Gazzaniga.
Pochettino had previously deployed Michel Vorm, however, the Dutchman was also unavailable due to injury.
Gazzaniga, who was making just his second start for the club, had to contend with difficult conditions on the south coast and Pochettino feels he deputised well.
Pochettino told reporters: “For me Paulo Gazzaniga was man of the match, he was fantastic, fantastic because the energy that translates to the team and I think his personality, his character,” his compatriot said.
“That is so difficult to play that way, and the condition of the pitch, the weather, windy, it was raining, I think for me he was man of the match.
“Maybe he didn’t make an unbelievable save, but I don’t know who was man of the match, but for me he deserved to be and I said well done to him on the pitch at the end, because the energy and feeling he translated to the team was very calm and relaxed.
“That is the message he sent. That is why I am so happy with him.”