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Opportunity knocks - Joe

Posted on 20 October 2010  - 12:00

Joe Jordan says the stage is set for our players to prove themselves at the highest level of club football at the San Siro tonight.

Opportunity knocks - Joe

Joe Jordan says the stage is set for our players to prove themselves at the highest level of club football at the San Siro tonight.

In one of the biggest European nights in the club's history, the team takes on Champions League holders and Serie A title-winners Inter Milan.

First team coach Joe knows all about Milan and the towering stands of the San Siro after playing for Inter's rivals AC Milan in the early 1980s.

"Personally, I think it's one of the best stadiums in the world and the best in Italy," said Joe, a feared striker in his day at the likes of Leeds, Manchester United and internationally with Scotland.

"It has a great atmosphere and there is a great rivalry between both Milan clubs. It is a football city, just like London. They love their football.

"Inter waited a long time to be champions of Europe and they did that by winning the treble last season, and it doesn't come any clearer than that. They swept the board.

"They have a strong squad, very experienced and they have a knowledge of how to do it, how to play on a Wednesday and then go again at the weekend and get another result so they maintain their form and position in the league.

"To be able to do that, to win Serie A and then become Champions of Europe, means they are the team to beat."

Joe stepped back out at the San Siro as the lads trained at the stadium on Tuesday night.

"The stadium typifies what Italian football is all about," he added. "It's an intimidating place. You have to have bravery in terms of keeping your composure, to keep looking for the ball, to pass the ball, to make yourself available and we have players who can do that.

"We've players who have experienced it as individuals at other clubs but now we've got to do it as a team, as Spurs.

"If you qualify for the Champions League this is one of the stadiums you want to go to. That applies to everyone at the club. It's a great opportunity to show you can play against the best.

"When a player makes it to the World Cup they get the stage to show that against other countries. In the club setting, this is what it's about, to go and play against the likes of Eto'o, Samuel, Cambiasso, all these marvellous players, and show you are as good as them."