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JUANDE RAMOS' PROGRAMME NOTES, OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME, SPURS V ASTON VILLA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
Welcome back to White Hart Lane for this evening's encounter with Aston Villa, to whom I should also like to extend a warm greeting.
We return here tonight with some new faces in our group following the closure of the transfer window.
When you consider the league season began in mid-August I do strongly question why transfer business is permitted to continue until the end of the month. I am a believer that such business as this should be complete before the season commences so that every club can concentrate solely on what is happening on the pitch. Every coach or manager is then aware of the squad he has available to him, while the players are secure in where their immediate future lies.
At the time of writing I have not yet had the chance to work with all our new players on the training pitch because they have been on international duty, but the fact that this fixture has been moved to a Monday evening ensured we had the entire weekend to put that right.
We are happy with the quality of the personnel that has been added over the summer period and I am confident when I say that I believe this crop of players have the potential to better what we achieved last season.
A number of our players have joined from overseas clubs and may need time to settle in, but if we reflect on our most recent game against Chelsea there were many encouraging signs.
We travelled to Stamford Bridge without fear and showed tremendous character to achieve a good result. The players kept the ball well and our performance, particularly in the second half, warranted the point we attained.
It was important to record a positive outcome ahead of an enforced break due to international commitments. Results like this can invigorate a season and I think the point at Chelsea will have lifted spirits and given the players increased confidence for what lies ahead.
We now face a run of three home fixtures in the space of a week starting with Aston Villa tonight. A successful season is always built on a strong home record and if we can register the results over the next seven days that I know this squad is capable of at White Hart Lane we will be perceived to be sitting in a far better position than we currently hold.
Martin O'Neill possesses a vibrant young squad with a lot of pace within their ranks. They have strengthened in key positions during the summer with the aim of improving on what was an encouraging last season. We know what we are up against but we have an enormous motivation to succeed, not just for ourselves but also for the many thousands of supporters who follow us on every matchday.
Enjoy the game.