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Hughton on Chelsea test

Posted on 16 September 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).

Chris Hughton insists we can't afford to give too much away if we want any reward from Sunday's big clash at Chelsea.


In our biggest game of the season so far, both teams put unbeaten Premiership records on the line in the televised London derby at Stamford Bridge.


Coach Chris says we have to stay tight and rely on the likes of Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Fredi Kanoute to do the business at the other end.


"The most important thing is that you have to go there with the attitude that you don't want to give too much away," reasoned Chris at Spurs Lodge.


"If you are having to score two or three goals to win the game you are treading on very difficult ground.


"If we're able to keep things tight it's then about having enough belief in our game and we certainly have enough quality to be able to open teams up and score goals.


"It's about getting the right balance. Against the better sides - the Uniteds, Arsenals and Chelseas - they have enough firepower to open you up if you play too open a game.


"So we have to make sure it's a solid game and rely on the quality we have to win it for us."


Things looked to be going to plan in the corresponding game last season when Fredi Kanoute opened the scoring but, as Chris has pointed out, Chelsea then took advantage as the game became too open.


"I remember the game last season very well and our performance was very good but we came away not winning the game.


"The priority is to get points on the board and it's a very difficult place to get a result. We just have to believe in our ability to be solid and organised enough and then have the quality to get a result."