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Hans on big Van man

Posted on 14 December 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).

Hans Segers describes Fulham's Dutch giant Edwin Van der Sar as the best footballing goalkeeper in the world.

Holland's number one was in fine form as the Cottagers deservedly took home a point from fortress Anfield on Wednesday.

Our goalkeeping coach Hans has been impressed with how the former Ajax and Juventus stopper has settled into life in the Premiership after his £7m switch from Serie A.

Hans explained: "I've been impressed with the start he's made in the Premier League because a goalkeeper, like any other player, needs time to settle down.

"He seems to have settled quite quickly and it has been no problem for him.

"I must say as a goalkeeper he's probably the best with his feet in the world.

"He's been brought through the system at Ajax where they play as a sweeper all the time so with his left foot, right foot it's no problem.

"It's all about confidence. If the confidence from a goalkeeper is high in the back four you see it through the whole team and you could see that against Liverpool."

Hans admitted he was surprised when Van der Sar swapped the Stadio delle Alpi for Craven Cottage. "Only because he came from one of the biggest clubs in the world at Juventus to go to Fulham, no disrespect to Fulham," he pointed out.

"But clearly when he spoke to the manager about the ambition of the club that made him sign.

"I had a chat with him when Holland trained at Spurs Lodge before the friendly against England and after we played them in the Worthington Cup.

"He's a nice lad and I can't praise him highly enough. Still, I hope we score a few past him on Saturday!"