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Posted on 14 March 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton takes a look at SC Braga before tonight's UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg at White Hart Lane.

Chris Hughton takes a look at SC Braga before tonight's UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg at White Hart Lane.

BRAGA were able to change their complete line-up against Beira Mar over the weekend, so we go into this second leg not entirely sure of how they will line-up.

I don’t think it will be too far away from the team that faced us last week but they are very capable of changing their formation and have done over the last month or so when they’ve played three or four formations.

They have a number of quality players. Joao Pinto played deeper than we expected in Portugal, a good footballer who can keep hold of the ball very well, Ze Carlos, the front player, isn’t the quickest but has an eye for goal. He’s one they feel has phases out of the game but then he’s there, as he was for their second goal, while Diego is a young player who came on and can be dangerous.

The central defenders are strong, Jorge, who scored the penalty, Rodriguez is very athletic, Filipe got forward well from full-back.

They are a good all-round footballing side and have enough quality to make it difficult for us if we don’t perform, that’s something we have to be aware of.

However, we’re at home, we’re in good form, we’re scoring goals and that’s a problem Braga have, to come into White Hart Lane trying to stop our flow. We'd certainly like to continue the momentum we've gained in the last few games.




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