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Poyet on Chelsea

Posted on 15 September 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).

Gus Poyet, still heartbroken at missing Sunday’s clash against Chelsea, has run the rule over his former club and concluded: “Things have changed a lot.”

Our summer recruit from Stamford Bridge couldn’t wait to face the Blues when he arrived at the Lane but his dream date has been taken away by his red card at Everton and subsequent suspension.

Nevertheless, as he serves the final match of a three-game ban, who better to give us an insight into Claudio Ranieri’s men?

“First I have to say they have changed a lot,” said Gus. “If you look at their first 11 and how they’ve played the last couple of games it’s Zenden, Petit, Lampard, Gronkjaer, who didn’t play a lot last year and maybe Gallas. They have four or five new players.

“You also have to look at the last game they played away, they played a 4-5-1 and I don’t remember Chelsea playing like that.

“We have some new players as well, so it is going to be totally different.”

So what about missing out? “The decision (that his red card stood) was hard for me,” he admitted. “I’m very disappointed but football is like this.

“These things happen in football and I cannot do anything about it. I have to get behind the boys and hope they keep winning — I think 2-0 again!

“Sometimes when you are too excited about one game things can go wrong.

“It would have been special though. I don’t want to talk about the next game against Chelsea because it is a long way away and anyway, I might get injured or suspended or something!”