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Cudicini upbeat over Spurs form

Carlo Cudicini
Cudicini has started the last four matches for Spurs

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has hailed the impact that manager Harry Redknapp has had since taking charge at White Hart Lane.

The Italian stopper replaced the injured Heurelho Gomes for Spurs' last four matches, and helped his side to go level at the top of the Premier League.

Cudicini, 36, told BBC London 94.9: "He [Redknapp] has changed the confidence, the belief.

"When players believe in themselves you get results, it's the best mix."

Cudicini played just four games for Tottenham following his arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea in January, but has been used to biding his time, having warmed the bench for much of his decade at Stamford Bridge.

"It is difficult when you don't play for a while to come back into the team, just to get your rhythm back. It's difficult for a goalkeeper but also an outfield player as well.

Harry is doing a great job here at Tottenham, since he arrived here the team seems to have taken off.

Carlo Cudicini

"Maybe for us it's just the mental aspect that is a bit different from an outfield player. You need to get your concentration back and so on. But I've played four games in 10 days, which is quite a short period of time."

Having played under the likes of Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea, Cudicini is well qualified to compare the impact Redknapp has made in turning Tottenham from relegation candidates to top four contenders.

"Every manager has got good aspects," he said.

"Harry is doing a great job here at Tottenham, since he arrived here the team seems to have taken off. This season we are doing very well, so hopefully we are on the right way.

Tottenham face arguably their biggest test of the season this weekend when Manchester United visit White Hart Lane.

There have been signs that Sir Alex Ferguson's side are still adapting to life without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, while injuries to key players such as defender Rio Ferdinand and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar have not helped either.

However, Cudicini feels United have a good goalkeeping deputy in Ben Foster: "I think he's doing very well, he has the confidence and the trust from the manager and for a goalkeeper this is very important and he's doing well.

"It's not easy to substitute a goalkeeper like Van Der Sar so I think he's doing well and I think he will be the future for Manchester United."



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