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Freund's friends feel force

Posted on 19 November 2001  - 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).

Steffen Freund revealed that a group of German friends were so taken aback by the passion of Saturday's north London derby that they sent him a text message during the game simply reading: 'What's going on?'

Our midfield marauder was right in the thick of the action again as the first derby clash of the season ended in a 1-1 draw at the Lane thanks to Gus Poyet's last-minute volley.

Passions were running even higher than usual with the return of Sol Campbell to N17 and Steffen revealed afterwards: "I had a German group here today and my friend sent me a text message in the middle of the game, I found it on my phone after the game, just saying 'what's going on?'.

"They couldn't believe the atmosphere. It was a friend of mine who I used to play in the youth team with back in Germany. There was a group of 23 in from Germany and they couldn't believe what was going on!"

Steffen had one of his best games in a Spurs shirt as he, Darren Anderton and Gus dictated against Arsenal's midfield of Vieira, Grimandi, Parlour and Pires, especially in the first half when we carved out a number of chances.

But Pires' superb strike in the 81st minute threatened to make it a day to forget until Gus's strike with just about the last kick of the game.

Defeat would have been hard to accept, according to Steffen. "It couldn't believe it when they scored," he said.

"We never deserved to go 1-0 down or lose the game. Sometimes you think 'what is happening' but we came back and what a special goal against Arsenal in the last minute. I loved that!

"We showed that we wanted to score. We didn't let our heads go down. Perhaps two or three years ago in the same situation we might have lost. That is a huge compliment to the team, lots of character.

"If you saw Arsenal, they didn't deserve to win that game. I have to say that. Before they scored we controlled the game, we tried to score more, they came out with one striker, Bergkamp dropping deep and didn't go forward. That is a compliment for us.

"It was a point for the crowd as well. They didn't deserve to lose that game either."