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'It's just another game'

Posted on 15 December 2000  - 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).

George Graham insists, on a personal level, Monday&rsquo&#59;s big derby against Arsenal is just another game.<P class=MsoNormal>Our manager was in charge at Highbury for nine years during which he won two championships, the FA Cup,&nbsp&#59;Cup Winners' Cup and two League Cups. <P class=MsoNormal>But he would not be drawn into talking about his former days across North London in Thursday&rsquo&#59;s press conference at Spurs Lodge.<P class=MsoNormal>He stated: &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s all hype now with me and Arsenal. It&rsquo&#59;s all been done in the media and the press.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I don&rsquo&#59;t have to prove anything. It&rsquo&#59;s just another game, three points are at stake, we&rsquo&#59;re at home and I want to keep our home record going. We want to maintain that home record. That&rsquo&#59;s more important than who the opposition is.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But I&rsquo&#59;m sure the players will feel a buzz because it is a local derby and there will be a great buzz about the place.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>George added that he sees the Gunners as Manchester United&rsquo&#59;s only real threat in the Premiership at the current time.<P class=MsoNormal>He said: &ldquo&#59;They are up there challenging Manchester United and looking at the league they are the only serious contenders at this present time. It just shows the quality of the staff they have. We are not anywhere near the strength in depth that they&rsquo&#59;ve got.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But whether it&rsquo&#59;s Arsenal or anyone else I&rsquo&#59;ve always been single-minded at the clubs I&rsquo&#59;m with and I want to get us somewhere up there challenging and it doesn&rsquo&#59;t matter who is in competition with that &mdash&#59; Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds, it&rsquo&#59;s immaterial. We&rsquo&#59;ve got what we&rsquo&#59;ve got and we are doing the best we can at the present time.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Listen to George's pre-match press conference in full by clicking <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/news/ram/gg001215z.ram">here</A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p>