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Jacques looks ahead

Posted on 26 July 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).

Jacques Santini insisted at Bramall Lane that it remained early days for his new era at Spurs - but, at the same time, he had our Premier League opener against Liverpool very much in his sights.

Our new Head Coach said back-to-back games against Hull City and Sheffield United on Saturday and Sunday had been a tough test for his squad.

And Jacques insisted that where he fielded two mixed teams for those friendlies, he will now play his strongest line-up for Wednesday's trip to Glasgow Rangers.

We followed up Saturday's 2-2 draw at Hull with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Blades with goals from Jon Harley and Jonathan Forte cancelling out Robbie Keane's fine opener.

Jamie Redknapp came through his first friendly action but there was another injury blow with Stephen Kelly stretchered off 10 minutes from time.

"I think it is an ankle injury," said Jacques after the game. "I will know more when I see the doctor later."

Jacques also revealed that Goran Bunjevcevic picked up a knock in the first half.

Reflecting on the weekend and looking ahead, Jacques added: "It is very difficult to play two matches in two days. We have two or three players injured, Sheffield is a good team, it was their first serious pre-season friendly and that made it a logical result for this game.

"I made two teams for Hull and Sheffield but my difficulty is, at this moment, I haven't played the best players together.

"I think for the next game, Wednesday at Glasgow Rangers - an important game and very difficult - I will play the best team.

"We are only three weeks from the beginning of the championship. The first match is always very important and for us, Liverpool at home is not an easy game. I hope our team is progressing day by day to prepare for this game."