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LEDS ON EURO-RETURN

Posted on 14 September 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King said it will be a proud moment when he leads the team out on our return to European competition tonight.

Ledley King said it will be a proud moment when he leads the team out on our return to European competition tonight.

We take on Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup first round away leg, our first entry in the competition since season 1999-2000.

"It will be a proud moment for me and the other boys," pondered the skipper. "We've done it as a team and we'll enjoy the battle.

"A club like Tottenham should be playing in Europe each season without a doubt. I'm happy we've got a team here who have got us back to competing in European football and hopefully to keep pushing on," he added, before considering the prospect of stepping into the relative unknown.

"We've watched European football a lot on television and from watching it each year you think you know a lot about it. It will be totally different being involved in it, travelling to various places and some grounds that could possibly be pretty hostile. Some pitches might not be what we're used to and we are likely to come up against different styles of play.

"The differences will be there, but we feel we've got the players to adapt to it."

Ledley was not surprised when informed that some 3,000 Spurs fans are making the trip to Prague.

"The fans are great and always have been. At away games all over the country they are there and we enjoy great support at home as well.

"To hear we've got 3,000 travelling is great to hear and I'm sure they will make a lot of noise for us. We will certainly do our best for them."

Meanwhile, the central defender did not go along with the notion that the change of emphasis to the UEFA Cup is a welcome diversion after a slow Premiersip start.

"Obviously we haven't got off to the best of starts in the league, but we are not down by any means.

"We realise there is a long way to go and we are still confident. We are ready to play our next Premier League game and want to put our season right. Next is the UEFA Cup though and it is an exciting time.

"Some of us have not played in Europe, it is something different and we are looking forward to it."