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Hughton on Turkey

Posted on 11 October 2003  - 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 took a close look at the men standing between England and the Euro 2004 Finals last month - here is his scouting report on Turkey.

In his role as Ireland's assistant manager, Chris saw a lot of the Turks in the build-up to a friendly against World Cup semi-finalists in Dublin in September.

Turkey used the friendly against English-style opposition as a preparation for the make-or-break clash in Istanbul. He was impressed.

"They are a very, very good outfit," said Chris. "They have an awful lot of ability in midfield and play a diamond system they have played for a while.

"In the game against us, one thing that surprised me a bit is the ability they had to play quite a direct style.

"Suker, who played against us, gave them a dimension up front where they were able to hit the front and hit it early.

"So they are capable of mixing their game. We watched a few tapes of them before our game and it was also evident that they have a work ethic in the team.

"The demands on them from the nation and the management is that they work very, very hard and this makes them a good outfit.

"Tugay is one that comes to mind and most English supporters know about him. He is very important to them and he is the pivotal man in midfield. Not only in the game against us, but from what we saw on tape, a lot of their play goes through him.

"Suker was excellent against us and Emre's quality on the ball was top class. He played in a little bit of a different position against us, more just behind the front two - in previous games he has played left side on four in midfield.

"They would be the real threats and are capable of winning any game."