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Programme: Glenn Hoddle

Posted on 17 April 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).

I was obviously delighted with the result in our last game here against Bradford. I felt that it was always going to be difficult psychologically after the semi-final experience but our young side came through with credit.

In fact we were on a hiding to nothing because Bradford know that they are down and threw caution to the wind. They played three up against us, even when we were attacking, and there's no doubt that they caused us problems.

We had to be a bit shrewd in what we did because they were always in contention and their goalkeeper had a great game, making some important saves to prevent us from gaining a more comprehensive win.

In fact they forced a couple of good chances at 2-1 that had us on tenterhooks while we played in fits and starts. But there were times when we passed the ball well and it is encouraging that we are creating chances.

So I was delighted to start here with a win. After Sunday's defeat we needed to pick ourselves up and show character and that's exactly what we did, despite having lost Sol Campbell, Les Ferdinand and Ledley King from our semi-final squad and being down to the bare bones in terms of personnel.

Unfortunately, we also had Steffen Iversen stretchered off against Bradford and, writing these notes as I am before our Sunderland trip, I am just hoping that we don't get any more!

It was great for me to be back at White Hart Lane again after so many years. My sole aim now is to make sure that we take the job on from here in the coming months and years and lift this club back to where it belongs — at the very top.

Now we welcome Chelsea for what is obviously a big game. As manager at Stamford Bridge for three years, I am obviously aware of Chelsea's amazing record against Tottenham and that's hopefully something we can correct tonight.

However, our major problem is within our own camp and, looking at our treatment room, we need those players back because we have a major deficit in experience. On the other hand, the situation does present opportunities to other players and it's up to the younger element in the squad to take their chance and show me what they can do.

So, even in these testing situations, you have to stay positive in the knowledge that you are always gaining.

I enjoyed my time as Chelsea manager and made some good friends there. I still keep in touch with people at the Bridge. It is wonderful what they have done over the last three to four years and that is something that we have to strive to emulate.