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Poyet plays the system

Posted on 30 November 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 admits that the playing system employed by Glenn against Leeds on Sunday suits him down to a tee - but insists the good of the team must come first.

On returning from a knee operation, sustained in pre-season, against Liverpool at Anfield, Gus became slightly isolated out on the left playing in a 4-4-2 formation. Apart from a goal against Burnley his impact on games was restricted from that position and he could not hide his delight at being back in his favoured role against Leeds.

For the first time in this campaign Glenn was able to revert to the system that served him so well last season. Three centre-halves, two wing-backs and two central midfielders, with Gus and Teddy Sheringham playing just behind lead striker Robbie Keane in attack.

Gus does not deny that he relishes the added involvement that playing off the front brings.

"That is true," smiled Gus. "I always say that you have to be fair as well and not put yourself in front of the team. When they suggested to me last week that I was happy about playing in that position I said 'yes, but I'm not thinking only for myself, I am thinking of the team'.

"It was great though and you could see it from the beginning. You could see the movement, people changing positions, getting in the box, passing - that's what everybody wants to see. If we keep playing like that it will be easier to win games."

The Uruguayan livewire is well aware that, with the depth of the squad at the moment, first team opportunities must be seized with the added competition for places.

"For sure, yes. If you look at the season Simon is having, seeing him on the bench you could think 'what is going on?'.

"The manager has to make decisions and sometimes players will be disappointed. That is football and you have to accept it. Not in a happy way, but accept it because sometimes you will be in and others you will be out."