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Deano ready for big guns

Posted on 4 April 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).

Dean Richards is well aware of the threat Arsenal will pose on Saturday - pinpointing another example of the quality he faces week in, week out in the Premiership.

After facing Boksic and Carbone at Middlesbrough on Saturday then Viduka, Fowler, Smith and Keane at the same time against Leeds on Monday, the latest test of our defence is arguably the in-form forward line around - Henry, Wiltord and Bergkamp at Highbury on Saturday.

The big defender looked back at Viduka's strike for Leeds in our 2-1 win at the Lane as proof of his point.

"It was a great finish," Dean recalled. "Even when he touched it around me I thought he would take another touch to set it up and I would get back. But he hit it first time, a great strike and that's the quality we're up against every week.

"Arsenal are flying at the moment and scoring plenty of goals so it will be a difficult game.

"Perhaps we might defend a little deeper so you don't leave space behind for the likes of Henry and Wiltord.

"You are aware of the players you are up against but in this league they are all class strikers who seem to get better and better and quicker and quicker. Either that or I'm getting slower!"

"But you can only improve and learn against these players.

"The majority of defenders get better as they get older. Look at Laurent Blanc, he's got no pace at all but it's all about positioning, reading of the game and experience."