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Battle of the Scots!

Posted on 14 October 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

George Graham expects a tough time from another canny Scot at Highfield Road on Saturday — City boss Gordon Strachan.

The Spurs chief said: “Gordon is a typical Scot, very passionate about his job, passionate about football and that’s something I love.

“I love to see passion in people and it’s probably one of the strengths of the Scottish character, the passion in which they approach their job and their work. Gordon is no exception.

“I think he’s done a great job at Coventry. The funny thing is last season they had a great home record and poor away record. This season it’s the opposite, they are doing well away but not so well at home.

“They will still be up for it against us and I’m hoping we can repeat last season’s victory.”

George enters the game with a tactical dilemma — does he stick with the 4-3-3 system with Steffen Iversen in a midfield roll or recall Darren Anderton and revert to 4-4-2?

He would only say: “I always pick a team and play a system that suits the players. I will not force a system on players.

“I think in the past managers have tried to force a system but you’ve got to look at the players you’ve got.

“At the present time we look as if we’re a better team going forward — hence the defeat last time out at Leeds.

“You’d expect to get something after scoring three goals at home so that was disappointing even though the manner of the performance was generally good except defending at set-pieces.”

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