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DOUBLE TOP FOR BERBO

Posted on 3 November 2006  - 12:00

Dimitar Berbatov typically played it low key when it came to assessing his role in the 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Thursday night.

Dimitar Berbatov typically played it low key when it came to assessing his role in the 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Thursday night.

The striker was both scorer and provider in the UEFA Cup Group B clash, netting two perfectly executed goals and showing superb vision to pick out Robbie Keane with a cross field volley to set up his strike partner.

"Goals are goals - no matter how you score them," reacted a modest Dimitar, preferring to concentrate on the performance of the team as a whole. "Tonight was a brilliant night for us, we showed a great spirit after going a goal down and we didn't give up and played like a team.

"Everyone gave 100 per cent and we made it 1-1, 2-1 and then 3-1 to walk away as winners," he added, before also playing down his part in Robbie's goal that gave us the advantage on the night.

"Everybody can do that, I saw him and he was alone and I just passed the ball like I do in training. When you train hard and get the opportunity to do things like that in a game, you just do it.

"For now everything is okay in this competition, but don't forget we have a game in Leverkusen which will be difficult for us. First though, let's think about the game on Sunday against Chelsea."

The weekend encounter at the Lane will see Dimitar come up against a old teammate and opponent from his Bundesliga days with former Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack having been added to the Chelsea squad over the summer.

"He is a top player and it will be a good experience for me to play against him again," continued the Bulgarian international. "I know him well and Chelsea are a top team, but the gaffer will have plans and advice on how we can beat them.

"They are the champions, but we have a good squad and hopefully we can win on Sunday."