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October 12: It's all about us

Posted on 12 October 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).

It was a good feeling for everyone to be back in training after a comfortable win at Tranmere, especially when everyone knows how difficult it is there and even more so when you see the first 30 minutes.

I am honest now, that wasn't football for me. They kicked every player and that it very dangerous. I like hard football but not like that. That was wrong. I was just happy to see everyone fit at training!

We know we have to beat Derby County at home on Monday.

We had a similar situation against Southampton so we know how difficult it will be to win against Derby.

I am confident we can do it if we concentrate and with good training for the rest of the week.

I love to play in the evening at White Hart Lane. It is always special. I hope and I am sure that we will be strong on Monday.

The Manchester United game hasn't quite gone from the memory yet.

If you play the best team in the country and you are 3-0 up at half-time, what a feeling but we lost 5-3, it stays in your head for a long time.

That doesn't mean it is all negative though. It can be positive. We lost that game but we have learned that we have to concentrate, even when we are so far in front. The game is never finished.

A lot of people will talk about the change of manager at Derby but for me, Monday is all about what we do.

I have always respect for every team in the Premier League, every team is strong but we play at home and we have to be ready to go forward, to press, to close them down and win the game.

That is what it's about. It's about us.

For Derby and the players there they will have to tell the manager how good they are and that's a positive point for them. It will lift them because they have to tell him they are good enough but, as I said, it about what we do.