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Poyet's relish

Posted on 7 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).

Gus Poyet said he relished the first team opportunities afforded to him last season on joining Spurs, but admits he was given no guarantees.

The Uruguayan livewire found himself on regular bench duty at Chelsea, a situation that often baffled the pundits - especially given his goalscoring exploits.

So when the chance to ply his trade at White Hart Lane came along, Gus realised that the odds on starting games would be slightly more in his favour.

"That was one of the big reasons why I moved," said Gus. "I said in the beginning, my chances to play at Chelsea were limited in the same way as Gianfranco Zola has played this year.

"Glenn gave me the chance to come here, but no one manager would tell you that you would play every game. You need to do well in training to prove your worth to the manager.

"But there was the chance to play a little bit more, so after that it was up to me."

Gus's relish was only heightened when Glenn formulated a system that ensured his involvement in games was increased - playing in an attacking triangle involving Les Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham.

"It was magnificent, especially when we changed the system it was great for me.

"Afterwards we came back to 4-4-2 and it was quite alright as well.

"It's just brilliant to be fit, brilliant to play and when you play you try to do the maximum and after that there is nothing you can do."

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