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Posted on 2 November 2006  - 12:00

Didier Zokora will be meeting up with familiar opposition when Club Brugge arrive at the Lane for the UEFA Cup group stage contest tonight.

Didier Zokora will be meeting up with familiar opposition when Club Brugge arrive at the Lane for the UEFA Cup group stage contest tonight.

The midfielder spent four years at KRC Genk in Belgium when he headed into Europe to play his football after beginning his career at ASEC Mimosas. He believes it was a good starting point for him in plying his trade in a different continent, although he admitted the language did present something of a barrier.

"It was difficult for me because I went there at 17 and didn't speak the language. I was happy to sign, I wanted to move to Europe and Belgium was a good option for me," said Didier, who believes our opponents are up with the best in their domestic league.

"I played four years in Belgium and I know Club Brugge, who I feel are the best team. They are very strong with big players.

"Bruge and Anderlecht are the top teams, but I think Tottenham will be too good," he continued, before adding that he, if selected, will be up against a couple of old friends.

"I have two friends in the team from my old club who have since joined Brugge - Koen Daerden and Brian Priske, who spent last season at Portsmouth.

"Brugge play in a very different style to us, they are a big and physical side, but we should be able to cope with this."