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Benji up for Besiktas challenge

Posted on 10 December 2014  - 12:36

Benji Stambouli is relishing the challenge of taking on Besiktas on their own patch for top spot in our Europa League group.

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We lead the standings by two points ahead of our visit to the Turkish giants on matchday six and a draw in Thursday’s outing would be sufficient to cement our position as Group C winners.

Neither side can finish lower than second, meaning both clubs are already assured of a spot in the round of 32 in the New Year, but with pole position still up for grabs, midfielder Benji is ready to try to prevent Slaven Bilic’s men – who were knocked out of the Champions League at the play-off stage by Arsenal earlier this season – from leapfrogging us in the table.

“I think it’s a good challenge for us to go to Besiktas and to play for first place,” said the Frenchman, who scored the decisive goal in our 1-0 home victory over Partizan Belgrade on matchday five.

“The Europa League is a very good competition, we play against good teams and you know it’s always going to be a tough game

“We have the possibility to show what Tottenham are able to do, but we know we have to be solid.

“It’s always a pleasure to play in these games and we are looking forward to playing away to Besiktas.”