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Carrick's challenge

Posted on 25 August 2004  - 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).

Michael Carrick insists his first challenge on joining Spurs is to break into a side that has enjoyed a fine beginning to the season.


Four points have been gathered from the tough assignments against Liverpool and Newcastle and the midfielder accepts he is unlikely to walk straight into what has been an impressive midfield over the two games.


Carrick was unveiled yesterday, along with Noe Pamarot, and quickly pointed out that he is taking nothing for granted in terms of first team selection.


"I've got to get into the Spurs team first and they have had a fantastic start to the season," reasoned the 23-year-old. "It is going to be hard, but I have got the self-belief.


"I will work hard in training and hopefully I will get in the team - I'll just have to see how it goes."


Michael added that the traditional values of Spurs football played a part in his thinking when it came to deciding to join.


"I obviously took into consideration the history of the club but, at the same time, I looked at the quality of the squad at the moment and the football they are playing. It will suit me, but I've got to get in the team first and prove myself good enough for that.


"I'm fit and have been training every day for eight or nine weeks - it is just match sharpness I need now."