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+Chelsea programme: Paul Stalteri

Posted on 4 September 2005  - 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).

<IMG src="/media/images/decorative/photos/apics4/stalteri.jpg" align=right border=1><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB>Only the most knowledgeable of our fans would have known about Paul Stalteri on his arrival at the Lane, but his solid defending and marauding runs in the first few games of the season have ensured all Spurs supporters are aware of him now.</SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB>The Canadian international capture from Werder </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB>Bremen</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN lang=EN-GB> was arguably the least known of our close season new faces and an injury which forced him out of the Peace Cup success in </SPAN><st1:country-region><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB>South Korea</SPAN></st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN lang=EN-GB> meant he had to wait longer than most for his chance to show his credentials.</SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB>But he&rsquo&#59;s slotted into the right-back role with such ease and looks so at home in the Premier League, you could be forgiven for thinking he&rsquo&#59;s been playing in it for years.</SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB>He has certainly enjoyed the opening weeks of the campaign and reveals that the spirit in the camp has helped make the transition from </SPAN><st1:country-region><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB>Germany</SPAN></st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN lang=EN-GB> that much easier.</SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB>&ldquo&#59;I feel really good so far, I think I&rsquo&#59;ve settled in well and we&rsquo&#59;ve made a good start,&rdquo&#59; said the 27-year-old. &ldquo&#59;The squad here is made of such a great group of guys that it makes it easier for people like myself to settle in.</SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoBodyText style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB>&ldquo&#59;I was unfortunate at the beginning to be injured for the first month of pre-season, but I got myself reasonably fit towards the end of the injury. I&rsquo&#59;m a relatively fit player anyway, so I didn&rsquo&#59;t have to worry too much about fitness. It was more a matter of</SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">getting a bit of rhythm in my the game and getting to know my new team-mates in the backline and the way they play.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">&ldquo&#59;I hope I bring a solid game and put the team first before my own performance,&rdquo&#59; he said, when asked of the qualities he can bring. &ldquo&#59;I judge my success on the success of the team. I take a lot of pride in helping the team keep a clean sheet, getting forward as much as I can but the bottom line is the team comes first before any individual.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">Despite still being in the early days of his Spurs career, Paul has been amazed at the level of support we get from our fans and is anxious to give them something to celebrate.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">&ldquo&#59;The start we&rsquo&#59;ve made has been great and it was nice to see us top of the table after the win over </SPAN><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">Middlesbrough</SPAN></st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">,&rdquo&#59; he said. &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s early days though and we have to be realistic, but it&rsquo&#59;s great for the fans to see us up there.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">&ldquo&#59;The support this club gets, they deserve nothing more than a team challenging close to the top of the table. They are fanatical and it&rsquo&#59;s incredible when you think the club hasn&rsquo&#59;t done that well for the last 10-15 years, yet the support is still so strong. That&rsquo&#59;s when you come to realise just how much they want success.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">Today sees our first </SPAN><st1:City><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">London</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"> derby of the campaign with the visit of newly-crowned champions Chelsea and Paul knows only too well the threat that they pose. He knows he will be in for a difficult afternoon down his right flank, only he&rsquo&#59;s not too sure who he&rsquo&#59;ll be up against.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">&ldquo&#59;</SPAN><st1:City><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">Chelsea</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"> are so organised and have so much depth, they don&rsquo&#59;t concede many goals and it&rsquo&#59;s going to be a tough game,&rdquo&#59; he admitted.</SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;</P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">&ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;ve no idea who I&rsquo&#59;ll be facing because they have so many players who can fill that position &mdash&#59; Robben, Duff, Cole, Wright-Phillips. What I do know though is that whoever it will be will have blazing pace and the ball will stick to their foot ! That&rsquo&#59;s the problem, they can throw so many different options at you.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black">&ldquo&#59;But the one thing they have is a fantastic team spirit, and I think people are only just starting to realise that,&rdquo&#59; Paul continued. &ldquo&#59;No team ever wins the title without having that camaraderie and that was their biggest asset last year. They stick together, they work for each other and that spirit is why they are champions.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="COLOR: black"><o:p>&nbsp&#59;</o:p></SPAN></P><P><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; COLOR: black&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&ldquo&#59;We won&rsquo&#59;t be daunted by that though, we know what we have to do and it should be a great game.&rdquo&#59;</SPAN></P>