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Sound Offs: Europe 3

Posted on 27 December 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).

Kristof De Clercq: I think Spurs still lack the quality and experience that Liverpool and Man U have to actually win something in Europe. However, qualification for a European competition is absolutely necessary. Only by playing against continental teams, the players can learn something.

Nick: At the moment we should be concentrating on nothing more than cementing our place in the top 6. I think we certainly have the basis to push for a European place next year, if we don't achieve that through the Worthington Cup. There is no point jumping into the European cups if we don't have the right footing in the league. Establishing yourself in the top six in your domestic league should be a first priority. After all, the teams that win European trophies are the ones who perform consistently in their domestic leagues, not teams that sneak in through a cup win, or seventh place finish. If we can find consistency at home then we can look at challenging the big teams from abroad. That said, we have in place probably the best Spurs team of the last 12 or so years. The perfect blend of youth and experience all over the pitch means that we have struck an ideal balance in all departments. Look at Manchester United. They began their dominance back in the days when Pallister, Bruce etc were in the golden years, but at the same time they had certain players like Beckham, Scholes and Giggs emerging. If I'm not mistaken, Glenn is undertaking some of the same measures at the Lane this season. The real giant of London is re-emerging!

Ben Ashby: I think we have a good chance in the UEFA cup if we take the risk and spend quite a lot in the summer months. The team is playing absolutely superbly at the moment, but next season (if we make it) Europe, and the premiership my be too much on the players that are performing to the standard we expect (and higher!!). I think Joe Cole would be a good place to start, fine he needs to mature a little, but with players like Poyet, Anderton and Teddy around him I think he would slot into the team nicely. Get Stephen Carr back to his best alongside a defence which looks far more composed then what it did with Sol Campbell there, it could be an exciting time to be a Spurs supporter!!

Gary Smith: In the league we always seem to beat the small teams but our recent record against the big sides, Chelsea, Liverpool and Leeds especially, is abysmal. I can't see it being any different against the top European sides.

Paul Sayers: Equal on points with Man U, having played the same number of games, if we can be in such a position halfway through a season in a league with some of the best teams in Europe, is it so ridiculous to think we could produce similar results in Europe itself?

Jonty Newman: Spurs play the type of football that 'Europe' is known for. However, unfortunately, I think the English teams that will succeed in Europe are those such as Livepool - 'catch them on the break' mentality. This will not always be the case. Teams such as Real Madrid have shown that flashy football can win the big competitions. However I think Spurs will need to experience Europe before this game plan would work. With a bigger squad (which naturally comes when a club has European football to play), big name signings (see last brackets) Spurs can definately challenge. It takes time or money I'm afraid.

Darren Osborne: We would probably do better in Europe than the Premier League. We have a football team now which can match any team for playing beautiful football, but like all Tottenham sides in the past, we lack that bit of grit and consistency which has been highlighted by the recent defeats to Ipswich and Southampton who are contenders for relagation. But I must add how pleased I am to see the great football again, the movement, flicks, dummies, and passing is just great. Welcome home Sir Glenn, the football connoisseur.