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Poyet: Perfect for England

Posted on 12 June 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).

Gus Poyet was surprised by the quiet nature of England's encounter with Nigeria, but insists it was 'perfect' for England.

Our Uruguayan livewire says he is disappointed with the impact made by the Nigerians - fancied by many, pre-tournament, to make a big impression. But it is England that move swiftly on to round two and a facinating clash with Denmark on Saturday.

"It was quiet, everything was quiet - even Nigeria was quiet," laughed Gus.

"I think for England it was perfect! They needed one point, that's it.

"I was surprised by Nigeria because I really expected them to go for the game, not to win the game, but at least to show that they are a better team than they were in the first two games.

"They didn't look like they really wanted to win."

Gus explains that it was difficult for England to approach a game knowing exactly what was required against a team with little to play for except pride.

"Of course, definitely mentally. Even if you talk for two or three days, the manager speaks every single minute about having to go in with the right mentality bla, bla - it doesn't matter.

"Always in the back of your head you know you only need one point and you're still in the World Cup.

"You want to win the game but you don't want to take a risk. So it is difficult to play in games like that."

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