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Gus on Duff watch

Posted on 2 April 2004  - 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).

Gus Poyet singles out Damian Duff as the one to watch from Chelsea's all-star cast that visit the Lane on Saturday.

The Uruguayan did not feature in the squad for the trip to Southampton and the former Stamford Bridge midfielder returned to his old haunt for a visit last week and noted that the Republic of Ireland leftie made all the difference for the Blues when Chelsea were labouring against Wolves.

"I went there at the weekend and everything is different," reflected Gus of the changing faces since his day. "The one for me who has made a big change for Chelsea is Duff, even against Wolves when he started on the bench, he came on, 'off you go' past everybody, crossing and was very difficult to stop.

"They tried to put two men on him to stop him, but no chance. With this type of player any time you give the ball to him it can make a difference."

One player very much still around from when Gus departed nearly three seasons ago is home grown product John Terry, a player he tips to reach the very top of the international game.

"For me, for the next ten years, he is going to be the key man in the defence for the national team," said Gus of the central defender, who he recalls was slightly wayward in his youth.

"I have to say he was a little bit crazy when he was younger. He was really tough, really difficult to play against in training. Now he seems to be really confident on the ball, knows how to get the ball in the air, bring it down and go forward. He has even been scoring lately.

"If he keeps playing at this level - and he will keep improving because he is very young - he is going to be one of the best defenders in England."

Of course, Terry has had a pretty good mentor to learn from since breaking through into Chelsea's senior ranks - World Cup winner Marcel Desailly, who Gus recalls made light of some tough challenges in his pomp.

"In the first two or three years especially he was fantastic. I remember him playing against some of the best strikers in England and people were telling him to be careful of this and that - no problem... Marcel is as tough as anyone.

"It must have been magnificent for John Terry first to be watching him and then playing alongside him."

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