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No Bridge too far

Posted on 17 September 2004  - 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).

Jamie Redknapp is looking forward to a 'real test' when we travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday, kick-off 4.05pm.


It is a clash between two unbeaten teams, although Chelsea enjoyed a 100 per cent record until they were held by Aston Villa last Saturday afternoon.


The Blues, under the management of Jose Mourinho, strengthened once again considerably during the summer months with the recruitment of Portuguese internationals Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho and Tiago, Didier Drogba from Marseille and Meteja Kezman from PSV added to the earlier captures of Arjen Robben and goalkeeper Petr Cech.


A now formidable looking side won their first four games of the season - including a single-goal victory over Manchester United - before the Villa draw and a 3-0 Champions League victory over PSG.


But Chelsea were not alone in the squad strengthening stakes this close season and Jamie insists that, while he respects them as a top side, he says our own team must believe in its own ability.


"We're looking forward to it," said the skipper of the encounter. "You have to be honest and say they are a very good side, they have bought well although I think it will take a little bit of time to gel.


"The manager is good, he seems to be very confident in himself and they have got good players. We have to believe in ourselves and we have got good players here.


"I am looking forward to it and it will be a real test for us. If we can get a result there it will be a real positive."


Of course, Jamie has a family connection at Chelsea in cousin Frank Lampard, who he reports is thriving under the new regime led by Mourinho. However, Jamie's last meeting on the pitch with Frank resulted in 25 stitches in a mouth wound following an accidental collision at the Lane.


"He is enjoying it, he has a great respect for the manager and he says it is a very good club to be at at the moment.


"I don't want to get 25 stitches in my mouth again, that's for sure! I've never had stitches in my life and then get 25 from Frank... Never mind, it was one of those things."