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JJ looks to build on CL opener

Posted on 28 September 2010  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas says we've given ourselves a ‘solid platform' as we prepare to step back into Champions League action on Wednesday night.

JJ looks to build on CL opener

Jermaine Jenas says we've given ourselves a ‘solid platform' as we prepare to step back into Champions League action on Wednesday night.

We opened our first-ever campaign in the group stages of Europe's elite competition with a 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen a fortnigth ago.

We now prepare for the visit of Dutch champions FC Twente - who also drew with reigning champions Inter Milan in their group opener and remain unbeaten in this year's league campaign in Holland.

JJ, so impressive on his return to the side, described our first half display at the Weserstadion as the best in his five years at Spurs.

We dominated against the Bundesliga outfit and stormed into a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back with a goal out of nowhere just before the break.

The Germans were a different side after that, levelled minutes into the second half and then both sides had chances as it ended 2-2.

"For a lot of the lads it was their first Champions League game so it was all good experience, but we're not in it just to make up the numbers," stated JJ.

"We want to compete and that's one thing we showed at Werder Bremen.

"The way we played in the first half was the best I've seen us play since I came to Spurs.

"We were fantastic in that first period. To go to a place like Bremen and play so well that they didn't have any answers to us speaks volumes.

"We were so on top, dominated possession and could have scored one or two more, it was a top performance.

"Obviously the goal they scored at the end of the half gave them hope and put them on the front foot for the second half, then they scored straight away after the break.

"We could have crumbled and lost that game but we didn't, we stayed strong and I think if you look at the game as a whole you have to take it as a good point. It's a solid platform to build on."

JJ insisted the lads were even more fired up for our first group stage match at the Lane after Saturday's loss at West Ham.

"European nights at the Lane are phenomenal and to think it's Champions League means it's going to be special," he added.

"Losing at West Ham is a bitter pill to swallow but hopefully there will be better things to talk about in the future."