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Christian's sinking feeling

Posted on 26 February 2002  - 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).

Goalscorer Christian Ziege reflected on the two sides of a cup final medal as defeat to Blackburn began to sink in.

Christian was our shining light for much of the game, constantly beating his marker Martin Taylor down the left flank and, of course, scoring our leveller on 32 minutes.

He suggested afterwards that us scoring first would have dramatically altered the course of the game.

"I think we created a lot of chances, sometimes we played our football and made chances, but we haven't been really clinical in front of the goal.

"I think this was the key thing from the game. We created chances, if we had scored before them, Les had a chance in front of the keeper, I missed a chance by a couple of inches. If one of these had gone in I feel the game would have been completely different.

"Even after the we went 2-1 down we had chances to equalise again, but unfortunately we didn't."

It was not of much consolation to the German that he scored the goal, at the same end he netted in the penalty shootout in the same competition for Liverpool last season.

"It's always a special thing to score in a final, but there are two sides of the medal. It is special to play a final and win a final - the best feeling you can have as a footballer.

"The worst feeling you can have is losing a final and that's what happened today."

Being an experienced campaigner, Christian is well aware that the boys cannot afford to dwell on the disappointment of defeat.

"I think the players will be thinking about it today and tomorrow. Then we have to stop it and concentrate on what is in front of us.

"We have still the league to play, about 12 games I think, and we are still in the quarter-final of the FA Cup - so it could be a case of coming back to Cardiff again.

"We have the league games, and if we do well in them, you never know what might happen. I don't think there is one particular team this season who has done that well against us. First of all we think about Sunderland."