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Gregory's headache

Posted on 17 August 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).

John Gregory starts the season with a selection headache at White Hart Lane tomorrow. And the Villa boss admitted: “That’s just the way I like it.”

With an almost clean-bill of health, Gregory has options in every position going into the Premiership opener against Spurs.

And he told www.avfc.co.uk: “I feel they’re all ready to start at Tottenham. There’s only Ian Taylor missing through injury. Most of them have had a little taste in pre-season and they’re all looking good.

“I fact, a major problem tomorrow, and this is always a great problem for a manager, is: Which 11 do you pick to start the game.”

The Villa boss continued: “Look at my two goalkeepers. Both of them have done exceptionally well pre-season. Peter Schmeichel’s not played that many minutes, but what he has done when he’s been on the pitch has been first-class. Peter Enckelman has done very well. He’s kept us in the InterToto Cup on more than one occasion.

“So it starts with the No1 jersey and that’s a difficult one to call, even now. I’ve got that to deal with and then I’ve got the ten outfield places that are all running along similar lines.”

Villa rounded-off their preparations with a 2-0 win against Racing Santander, leaving Gregory satisfied with the overall build-up.

He added: “The boys have done extremely well pre-season. There’s going to be a few disappointed on Saturday. There’s going to be a few even more disappointed that won’t even get a place on the bench.

“But that’s Premiership football for you. That’s squad football and that’s really what our game is about at the moment.

“It’s a hard one to call tomorrow, to have to pick the 11 that start. But that’s why I sit in the big chair and have to make the decisions. Somebody has to do it and I have to make sure I get it right.”