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Frank on vital spirit

Posted on 15 January 2005  - 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).

Frank Arnesen feels the team are developing the vital 'hate to lose' mentality and a fine team spirit under the stewardship of Martin Jol.

Following a sequence of six straight Premiership defeats across October and November, the boys are now unbeaten in nine games and head into the challenge of de-railing Chelsea at the Lane on Saturday in good heart.

There is clearly a strong spirit embedded in the squad and the Sporting Director says this is a result of a number of factors.

"It is what it is all about," explained Frank. "I came here in the summer having been involved in professional football for 28 years - not missed a year - and have been used to winning more than losing.

"We had the six straight losses and we didn't like it. You must have the attitude that you hate to lose and love to win. If you get that into yourself, with the confidence, concentration, preparation, belief in yourself and the team - you get a special spirit.

"It is not only the team, it is also the fans, the people who are working at Tottenham - all of us have to have this spirit to be winners.

"Now, with being nine games unbeaten, it is beautiful.

"All fans love lots of goals and, for me personally, the game against Everton was the best performance of the season. The possession game, good defending and attacking, it was all there in the 90 minutes performance. Then you have to build on it, we put on a good display in Manchester, beat Brighton and now we go into a big match on Saturday.

"It is a good time."

Meanwhile, Frank says the appointment of Ledley King as club captain was the natural choice and feels the England international provides the ideal example for other players.

"From the beginning, I feel Ledley King showed his abilities on and off the pitch," he added. "In the time where Jamie wasn't playing so often you saw Ledley growing into the role.

"Now he is on his own, he is the real captain and he has started very well. He is still young, but has a lot of experience.

"He is an example for the players, you see him in training and on the pitch and he is great. He is an international, everybody looks up to him and what he does.

"We are a young team, we have a young captain and need to keep our good results going. I am happy that Ledley is here, but I must say Jamie did marvellous work and helped me, Martin and the players.

"You see he is a top football player because he wants to play football. He couldn't get his games here, not enough for his ambition. He asked to go to Southampton, we respect that and wish him luck."

Finally, Frank reserved a special mention for the impact made by Academy product Dean Marney in his full home debut against Everton on New Year's Day.

"It is fantastic, it is always very good for the fans and the club. It is like a player such as Ledley King, for example, a player with a background at the club, has that extra incentive to do well.

"The game of Marney was exceptional, I can't remember such a first start at home, and it is a game he will never forget."