Last night saw Tottenham give themselves a great chance to advance to a cup final for the first time since 2015 when they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg at Wembley. There’s still work to do, but if Paulo Gazzaniga can perform at Stamford Bridge like he did last night at Wembley then they should be absolutely fine.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 8 January 2019
This season has seen the Argentine shot-stopper transformed. When he signed for the Lilywhites back in summer 2017 the ex-Southampton man was expected to be a sparingly used 3rd choice, lucky to get a couple of games each season. However, in just his second season at the club he’s usurped Michel Vorm as the club’s second choice shot-stopper and is now gunning for Hugo Lloris’ place in the squad.
The scoreline last night was a narrow 1-0 in favour of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, yet Gazzaniga had a huge part to play in that. The 27-year-old made some cracking stops during the win and had Vorm been the man in the net then the scoreline could have been very different. Chelsea lacked a clinical touch in front of goal, but the Lilywhites’ Argentine in the net still had plenty to do, with the pick of the saves seeing him turn a cross-shot from Callum Hudson-Odoi onto the crossbar.
You can read the Lilywhites’ verdict on Gazzaniga’s display here:
— D (@D50108208) January 8, 2019
— Lars Martin Gimse (@LMGimse) January 8, 2019
— DrunkenShinobi (@drunkenshinobi) January 8, 2019
for once I feel comfortable if Lloris got injured. No more Vorm
— Jorvs (@ItsJorvs) January 8, 2019
@GazzanigaPaulo time for him to step up ,Hugo needs to retire
— Paul Anthony Farrell (@Fazinho71) January 8, 2019
The real number 1
— Pat (@phookwillers) January 9, 2019
whenever i watch him playing, he never disappoint me
— 로또1등러 (@light_deok) 8 January 2019
Most underated keeper in the premier league
— Simon Andrews (@Simon_Andrews1) January 8, 2019
Good game gazza…..now we can boast of two best goal keepers
— Tímothy Gyekye (@TmothyGyekye1) January 8, 2019
Looking good Gazza. Future No1
— Gary Porosa (@GPorosa) 8 January 2019
The Lilywhites absolutely love seeing Gazzaniga starting for them, and will hope the Argentine can shine if he’s picked to start at Stamford Bridge in two weeks time.
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