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Glenn keeps emotions in check

Posted on 2 November 2002  - 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).

Glenn Hoddle says he is able to 'cut off' the emotions of facing a former club.

He will do just that as we meet Chelsea in a cracking Premiership encounter on Sunday.

Glenn was manager at Chelsea from 1993 until taking up the England post in 1996. He helped turn the Blues fortunes around and took them to the 1994 FA Cup Final.

How did he feel about facing his old club? "People used to ask me that the other way around when I was Chelsea manager when we played

against Tottenham and to be honest, you have to be professional enough to cut that out.

"If you allow that emotion to come into it you are not doing your job right.

"I managed to do that at Chelsea playing against Tottenham - now it's exactly the same answer but the other way around.

"We've a professional job on our hands and there is no room for sentiment, no room for emotion coming into it. We've got a job to do and that's to go and get the three points.

"I've been able to cut myself off from that sort of thing.

"It's perhaps harder when you come up against someone who is your friend. Glenn Roeder is a friend but he's not there for 90 minutes, I'm not there either and you can do it, you have to.

"Tommy Docherty must have had a nightmare!"