By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The close to sub-zero temperatures of Chigwell, North London, is a far cry from the mild climate of southern Brazil this time of year. But Sandro Ranieri has just swapped teams from Porto Alegre to Tottenham Hotspur, and this new challenge in his career has his blood pumping.

In August, the 21-year-old was proudly hoisting the Copa Libertadores trophy, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, as previous club Internacional defeated Mexican side Guadalajara.

Now settling into life in England, the midfielder admits . . .

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