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Reto's Swiss target

Posted on 1 December 2004  - 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).

Reto Ziegler hopes to one day emulate the success of Liverpool's Stephane Henchoz as a Swiss export.

The Liverpool central defender, who could feature in tonight's Carling Cup quarter final clash at the Lane, was a pivotal figure in the Anfield side's trophy haul under former boss Gerard Houllier, winning the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and two League Cups, as well as the Super Cup and Charity Shield.

His partnership with Sami Hyypia provided the foundations at the back in what was a particularly frugal Liverpool rearguard. He suffered with injuries last term and his opportunities have been more limited this season as new boss Rafa Benitez has opted for Jamie Carragher alongside Hyypia.

He has been, as Reto confirmed, one of Switzerland's most successful overseas performers.

"I think he is, he is one of the most famous players in Switzerland," said the young leftie. "It will be the first chance I have to play against him, I don't know him personally but it will be good.

"He has been very successful and I hope, one day, I will be able to do the same things."

Reto reported that, while Liverpool and Manchester United, are favourites with the football public in his homeland, his arrival at Spurs is beginning to direct attention in a different direction.

"Liverpool and Manchester United are big clubs in Switzerland, especially Liverpool with Stephane Henchoz playing there. Now I am here people in Switzerland want to learn more about Tottenham, which is good for me.

"I am happy that I will maybe get the chance to play against Liverpool, but it doesn't matter which team you play against, we must look out for ourselves.

"The cup football is different and there is a different atmosphere. We play at home and it will be important to have the fans behind us. I think we can win."

Meanwhile, Reto agreed that his display in the second half against Middlesbrough on Sunday was his best performance since being handed his first team chance.

"I think it was my best half, I have had my chance early and I think I played a good game. Afterwards I received a Man of the Match award, so I was very proud and happy.

"It was very important because we needed points. Now we must continue and play well against Liverpool."