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NICO BACKS SPURS FOR BELGIAN SUCCESS

Posted on 5 December 2007  - 12:00

Former player Nico Claesen is putting club before country and getting behind Spurs when we take on Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

Former player Nico Claesen is putting club before country and getting behind Spurs when we take on Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

The Belgian spent two years with us in the 1980s and was part of the squad that reached the 1987 FA Cup Final.

And even though Nico now works for the Belgian Football Federation, he insists Spurs is the closest club to his heart and he will be backing us as we try to progress from the group stage of the competition.

But he has warned us that his fellow countrymen will be out to avenge the defeat at the hands of Spurs in the 1984 UEFA Cup Final

He said: “My feeling is that Spurs are the better team, but you never know what can happen in football because you never know how the game will pan out. But I am a Spurs fan, so I hope we win!

“Anderlecht will be thinking about the 1984 final, but we all know three teams go through from the group, so I hope Spurs and Anderlecht are two of them.”

Nico has also provided us with some useful inside knowledge on our opponents, adding: “Anderlecht are one of the best teams in Belgian football, so it won’t be that easy for us.

“The key player for them is their striker Nicolas Frutos. He’s a big strong man and Anderlecht play with the long ball, so he’s perfect for that.”