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El of a game

Posted on 30 September 2005  - 12:00

Saturday's encounter at the Valley has been all the talk this week between good friends Noureddine Naybet and Talal El Karkouri.

Saturday's encounter at the Valley has been all the talk this week between good friends Noureddine Naybet and Talal El Karkouri.

Defender Noureddine revealed that he's regularly on the phone to the Charlton defender and his former Moroccan team-mate and the pair could meet in the second versus fourth clash with El Karkouri now back from injury.

Noureddine, 35, who has now retired from international football with over 100 caps to his name has started our last two games following injuries to Anthony Gardner and Michael Dawson.

Talal is a good player and took over as captain of Morocco after I finished, said Noureddine. “He's been injured and not played as much this season but he's started to play now.

“I speak to him every week and go out to eat with him because he's a good friend of mine.

He tells me that Charlton are a strong team together, that is their biggest strength, not individual players.

Noureddine has slipped seamlessly into a defence that has kept five clean sheets in seven Premiership outings this season.

“The clean sheets are good for confidence but we defend well as a team," he added. "It's been a good start in the league. We've only lost one game and our position is good.

“But forget the positions in the league, this is a good game to play in anyway. Our mentality has to be to go and win. It's a derby, lots of Spurs fans will be there and we all enjoy these games.