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Milenko raring to go

Posted on 18 July 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).

Milenko Acimovic can't wait to get started in his new adventure at Spurs.

Our Slovenian international reported back for pre-season training last Friday, just a month after bowing out of the World Cup in Japan.

And 'Milo', who has linked up again with former Red Star team-mate and friend Goran Bunjevcevic, says he feels like he's been at the club for years, rather than just a few days.

"I had one month off and that's enough," said the attacking midfielder. "I just wanted to come to training and get started. Physically I am ready to play, I feel good.

"Also, my team-mates are great. I can't believe it. I've been here a few days but already it seems like a few years. They talk with me and that is very important."

Milenko was one of few bright spots for Slovenia in the World Cup.

He came off the bench to help inspire his side back into their first game against Spain - a match they still lost - started against South Africa and then scored against Paraguay, but a 3-1 defeat in that match confirmed their early exit.

"It was a very difficult group because we had Spain, Paraguay and South Africa but before the tournament we thought we could do it," he reflected.

"But then we had problems with the coach and Zlatko Zahovic and everything wasn't okay. We lost concentration for the games and didn't play well.

"For me, the World Cup was something special. I played a lot of games before the competition but the World Cup is something else and my goal is a special one.

"I know I played okay against Spain and Paraguay but my national team played badly so it is not good that I played well. I would rather have played badly and the team did well."