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Consistency the key

Posted on 15 December 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).

Glenn Hoddle says his concern at his stage of the club's development is consistency - not being considered closer to Arsenal.

The boss was asked at his pre-match press briefing whether the team has closed the gap on today's opponents since his return to the club.

"It is not about being closer to Arsenal - we are not concerned about that," insisted Glenn. "At this point in time it is about getting consistency for Tottenham.

"Ever since I've been here that has been the formula we've been looking for.

"It's always a big game and you always want to beat your rivals, I'm not saying that we don't, but there has got to be some realism about it.

"We're trying to build something over a period of time here. We're going into the game in a very positive frame of mind. We've got to try and take the home advantage, Arsenal did that and we've got to try and retrieve the three points lost over there."

Glenn added that he feels form and positions in the Premiership could count for little in the heat of derby combat.

"Form does go out of the window a little bit. They lost last week and we won and even positions go out of the window to a certain degree.

"We'll have good backing, our crowd will be up for it and will get behind us. But we know Arsenal are a very good side and we'll have to perform as a team to get a good result."