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Pleat on Boro

Posted on 7 March 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).

David Pleat says Middlesbrough have always got a chance of winning games with the combination of a solid defence and the attacking prowess of Gaizka Mendieta and Boudewijn Zenden.

Boro have recovered from a spell of just two wins in their first 10 Premiership games this season for a spot in mid-table.

They have also won the first trophy in their history with the Carling Cup triumph over Bolton last weekend - having beaten us on penalties in the quarter-final.

Former Valencia star Mendieta and Dutch winger Zenden have impressed in that time.

Acting boss David said: "Zenden has done well and the management has done well with him.

"They've converted him from a wide, orthodox outside left who has to wait for the ball to be supplied to him to one who plays in-field more in a diamond, goes searching for the ball and that shows his abilities more. The management have done brilliantly with him.

"Mendieta was a fantastic player at Valencia. I saw them play several times when they did so well in the Champions League and one wonderful night, in one of the best games I've seen, Valencia beat Barcelona 4-1 and he was fantastic.

"He lost his way at Lazio and then Barca but he's come good again.

"He's a very good footballer, very strong, good ability, sees a pass, can score a goal and when you've those players in the team, you've always got a chance, especially when you have the rocks of Southgate and Ehiogu at the back. They are a strong team."