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Jol on the Benitez effect

Posted on 1 December 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).

Martin Jol suspects Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is now at the point of really getting his ideas across to the players.

Our Head Coach watched a tape of the Anfield side's fine win over Arsenal on Sunday and was certainly impressed with what he witnessed from a performance and tactical point of view.

We take on the Reds in tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final clash at the Lane, although probably not the same line-up that defeated Arsenal as Benitez has a Premiership match at Aston Villa at the weekend and a Champions League decider against Olympiakos to take into consideration.

"I saw them play on Sunday and they employed an awkward style that was a little bit continental," reasoned Martin. "They played in a 4-3-3 and pressed Arsenal all over pitch.

"Liverpool are a terrific team, Steven Gerrard was outstanding and they deserved their win. I hope they don't play as well against us, but we have a sell-out stadium again and it is a big game for us.

"If they don't play their strongest team it is an advantage for us, but clubs like Liverpool have a big squads and they will come up with other players. I know they have some injuries and can't play the same players all the time.

"I want to get to the next round because it would be a big achievement for us and I will play with the strongest team possible."

While Martin admired the way Liverpool outfoxed Arsenal, he pointed out that instant solutions are generally unlikely when coaches arrive from overseas, but can see the Benitez influence taking effect. The Dutchman hopes to, likewise, introduce more of his own ideas to our side as the season progresses.

"When you come to England you tend to play with the same system because other teams are playing it, they don't always look at what other teams outside of England are doing and that can be an advantage to them.

"I have seen in the last couple of weeks that he is adjusting it a bit and getting his own ideas over to the players.

"I would like to give my team some of that and I think we are capable of doing it in the future. Spurs is a club where you can do that, to play a bit differently and play cultured football, aggressive football with a bit of style."