The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern were relieved to go into the international break on the back of a 1-0 home victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Tottenham Hotspurs victory over Palace on Sunday afternoon was nothing close to as glamorous as their Champions League victory over Real Madrid just a few days earlier, but it was vitally important in their pursuit of the Premier League title, on a day when they looked far from their free-flowing best. Son Heung-Min settled the match in the 64th minute by curling the ball into the bottom corner following a scrappy period of play within the Palace penalty area.
Hugo Lloris picked up a groin injury during the midweek fixture with Madrid, and in his absence, Paulo Gazzaniga stepped in to replace the Tottenham first-choice goalkeeper for his debut at the club.
With Michel Vorm also on the injury table, Gazzaniga made the most of a rare opportunity to impress and he looked a solid unit between the sticks all afternoon.
Tottenham’s official club Twitter page paid tribute to the Italian for his man of the match performance.
Man of the Match:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 8, 2017
Gazzaniga’s impact seems to have made quite the impact on the Tottenham fans who have been quick to praise their new hero.
And if the response from the fans is anything to go by, Michel Vorm will be demoted to third-choice keeper in the coming weeks.
However, not everybody seems totally convinced by Gazzaniga’s credentials just yet.
Here’s what the Spurs faithful had to say about Gazzaniga’s performance on Twitter…
Fourth best keeper in the league behind Vorm and Lloris and Kane
— LP (@WinksEsque) November 8, 2017
I have to keep watching this because I can’t believe that Townsend had a shot on target…he actually hit tge target with a shot!!! Incredible!!
— Brett (@Proud_spursfan) November 9, 2017
Still doubtful about him….. Zaha should have scored that one on one…
— Tolu Olonimoyo (@Tv_Olonimoyo) November 8, 2017
Must admit I was very impressed with the boy.
— The Dude (@kevinmac76) November 8, 2017
Seriously we need to move on from this
— craigo (@1craigc1) November 8, 2017
he played well . we would have not got the 3 points if it was not for you. thanx
— Thabo Kwena (@ad5d6fe4a806493) November 9, 2017
I prefer him to vorm. Don't make vorm re-sign a contract we don't need him as good as he is . Gazzaniga should be 2nd choice although probably would if it wasn't vorm' s last season .
— SpursTransfer10 (@SpursTransfer10) November 8, 2017
Vorm just got worried
— James Savage (@JamesSa57022473) November 8, 2017