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Perry on the ball

Posted on 29 July 2002  - 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).

Chris Perry is quick to credit Glenn for his improvement as an all-round footballer in the last year.

The boss spoke at times last season about players at the club who were totally receptive to his ideals of how the game should be played and were prepared to modify and improve their own games to adapt and be comfortable on the ball.

Chris places himself firmly in this category and says his game and on-pitch manner has developed considerably.

"I think I've definitely improved as a footballer," reasoned Chris. "Not only with the ball, but off the ball with the angles I'm giving, just my general demeanour on the pitch.

"I want the ball now, whereas maybe I didn't before. I was happy with what I was doing defensively and not really concentrating when we had the ball so much maybe."

Part of the reason for Chris' former approach stems from his years at Wimbledon, where he formed a solid defensive partnership with Dean Blackwell. They were never encouraged to elaborate.

"When I was at Wimbledon it was basically 'do your defensive job' and give it to players who were better at the other end of the pitch.

"You are allowed to express yourself a lot more here and, since the manager has come in, he really wants to play the ball on the ground and around and go back to old Tottenham style.

"It seems to have paid off and it seems there are a lot of players who have improved from it."

Chris goes on to reveal that the training at Spurs is very specific and technical - and much work goes in on the individual.

"It certainly is. I've only been here under two managers and there is a big difference between the manager now and when George Graham was in charge.

"We do do a lot more technical ball work really, work on techniques and things that are going to improve your game. Maybe with George we were working on the team side of it and maybe not so much individually.

"Maybe that's why players didn't improve so much as individuals, but there was a bit more of a team ethos."

The defensive group are drilled both individually and as a defensive unit and Chris says special attention is paid to weaknesses.

"Both, definitely both. We'll do individual work, working on your weaknesses such as your weak foot, clearing the ball with your weak foot. Then we'll also do work as a back four or five together - maybe eight against five and really work at it."

By Richard Hubbard