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November 7: So close...

Posted on 8 November 2001  - 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).

I feel that we are so close to the top five and that's why is was so difficult to live with losing against another of the best teams the way we did at Leeds.

I never had the feeling that we would lose that game. We played well and especially after it went 1-1 we came back again and almost scored again.

I think if we didn't make our own mistakes we wouldn't have lost.

That doesn't mean that we lost the game alone though. We lost as a team. We played well, especially in the second half and I felt we didn't deserve to lose.

It was the same situation after Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, okay, maybe that was different, but Liverpool and Chelsea were two games we played well, didn't deserve to lose and now it's happened again.

I think maybe that's a part of Tottenham at the moment - that we lose games we don't deserve to lose.

That's what happening and it's not easy to live with that. We are very close to the top five. I'm honest and I have that feeling.

But there is still a lot of work to do to go there because if you lose those games we can't blame anyone because we were on the pitch.

We gave the game away easily at Leeds. That is why we will still be working very hard but, personally, I am confident and I didn't lose that confidence after Leeds.

That is the positive thing. You lose but you can walk out of the stadium with your head held high. If you keep that going then soon you will beat the best teams.

I was asked how we could turn good performances against those teams into good results at Elland Road. I suggested that perhaps we have to believe a little more.

We played a great second half, went 1-0 up and that's when you have to be a little stronger.

You can't think then that is when we will win the game because that is when there are problems.

We did it at Newcastle. You have to keep going all time time, especially at home. At 1-0 you haven't won the game. Perhaps we gave it away too easily after going 1-0 up.

I have to say congratulations to Darren Anderton after he was called into the England squad.

For me, for his experience and quality, Darren always deserves to be in the England squad.

But it is important he is fit. When he if fit and his Achilles is okay then he can always play for England because he has the experience.

When he is fit his body is ready. He has the quality and that alongside his experience means he is always ready.

I wish and Teddy good luck against Sweden but, of course, I will be more interested in how Christian Ziege gets on for Germany in our World Cup play-off against Ukraine.