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Keane's great expectations

Posted on 15 November 2002  - 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).

Derby debutant Robbie Keane full expects Saturday's clash at Highbury to be right up there with the rivalries he's experienced so far.

A trainee at Wolves, the Irish striker was brought up on the lively Midlands derby against West Brom, missed out on the Milan derby in his time at Inter but then played in the heated battle of the Uniteds, Leeds and Manchester, in his time at Elland Road.

Now it's the turn of the North London derby and Robbie is eager to taste the atmosphere.

He explained: "I just missed out on the Milan derby but I played in Wolves against West Brom, which is fairly tasty and Leeds v Manchester United is obviously big but there is always a lot of talk about Tottenham against Arsenal and I can imagine it's one of the biggest around.

"I'm looking forward to it because these occasions don't come around that often."

So how did he expect it to go? "It will be a tough game, they are doing well, but anything can happen in a derby game," he added.

"Derby games are always hyped up and often don't turn out how people expect. I'm sure there will be a lot of battles out there, a few tackles flying in and it should be a good game. We're all looking forward to it.

"We want a result in every game but we know how important this one is for the fans. It would be nice to get something out of it."