Pochettino admits playing bottom place crystal palace after the victory over Real Madrid last Wednesday was tough.
Tottenham Hotspurs got a hard earned victory from Crystal palace at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon after a 64th minutes Son Heung-min’s splendid curled shot from the edge of the area broke through into the net.
Pochettino speaking to the press after the game admitted playing Madrid midweek caused fatigue nonetheless the one nil victory was acceptable.
“It was a tough game for us after Wednesday. Palace were compact, narrow and played on the counter-attack. We had possession, but not many chances. They were fresh after one week to prepare for the game. We had a few problems after the Madrid game and that is why I am so happy with the victory. I am very pleased with an important three points.” Said Pochettino.
Paulo Gazzaniga made a couple of brilliant saves as a debutant hence received praise from the team coach.
“I am so happy for the different players who came in, people like Paulo, who played fantastically well. He is an unbelievable option to have as a keeper and I am really happy for him and his family that he performed like that.” Commented Pochettino
Gazzaniga step in for first and second team goal keepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm who have been in between the post since November 2013. The Argentine goal Keeper last made a top flight appearance in England two years ago for Southampton – against Spurs.
The 24-year-old goal keeper amazingly admitted having experienced nervousness for seconds but with the support of teammates he overcame.
“I knew last night that Michel Vorm was not too well so I started preparing then. I was nervous for about three seconds and then the players gave me lots of support” said Gazzaniga.
Incidences that made Pochettino to praise his third goal keeper in the pecking order was the stretching save he made on Scott Dann’s header, the fine stops to keep out Andros Townsend’s low strike and Luka Milivojevic’s open header.