Pochettino shares what he told 'man of the match' Gazzaniga at full-time

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on...

Tottenham Hotspur beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on...

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he felt goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was his side's man of the match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs travelled to the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening to take on the Seagulls, needing a result having lose each of their last three games 2-1.

That run gave Pochettino his first spell of three defeats in a row as Spurs manager, and plenty were watching to see Tottenham's response to a 2-1 midweek defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League.

 

Spurs weren't quite at their best in a drab first half, but after Glenn Murray handled Kieran Trippier's free kick inside the area, Harry Kane stepped up to open the scoring.

A flowing move saw Erik Lamela make it 2-0 in the second half from a Danny Rose cross, and whilst Anthony Knockaert pulled one back, Spurs held on for the victory.

Pochettino will be delighted with his side's performance, but also with the display of goalkeeper Gazzaniga, who was brought in for just a second appearance for the club.

The Argentinian stepped in for Michel Vorm, with Hugo Lloris still out, and performed well in his first appearance for almost a year before earning huge praise from Pochettino.

Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on September 22, 2018 in...

Pochettino has told Football.London that he thought Gazzaniga was Tottenham's man of the match in a performance full of energy, which he made his defence feel safe, adding that he told his compatriot 'well done' on the pitch after the final whistle.

"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, because he knew only today that he was going to play," said Pochettino. "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. I said well done to him on the pitch at the end, because of the energy and feeling he translated to the team was very calm and relaxed - 'I am going to protect you'. That is the message he sent. That is why I am so happy with him,” he added.

Paulo Gazzaniga of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after his team scored the opening goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American...

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