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Stef aims to burst bubbles

Posted on 30 January 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).

Steffen Freund is hoping the volatile atmosphere of a local derby can help us clinch our first away win of the season &mdash&#59; and first double &mdash&#59; at West Ham on Wednesday night.<P class=MsoNormal>The Hammers&rsquo&#59; magnificent victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday coupled with our poor away record will see Harry Redknapp&rsquo&#59;s men start as odds-on favourites.<P class=MsoNormal>But while accepting that the East Londoners will have received a huge confidence boost by their Old Trafford exploits, Freund hopes we can break our away duck in what is always an electric atmosphere at Upton Park.<P class=MsoNormal>The German star said: &ldquo&#59;They have good players but I can remember that we beat West Ham 1-0 earlier in the season.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;That was a tough game but why not do it again? It is a derby, this is a different type of game and both teams have a chance every time.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Paolo Di Canio slotted home West Ham&rsquo&#59;s winner in the shock of the season at Old Trafford. Freund admitted: &ldquo&#59;I didn&rsquo&#59;t see the whole game but I was very surprised that West Ham won away.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;At first I didn&rsquo&#59;t believe the result but they won and the result will give them a lot of self-confidence.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It is a hard game for us. Beating United will give them many positives. I just hope we can play well, hold a clean sheet again and then we have a chance.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>And our midfield marauder dismissed the theory that the Hammers will still be tired from Sunday&rsquo&#59;s heroics.<P class=MsoNormal>He added: &ldquo&#59;I don&rsquo&#59;t think we can say this. I remember when we lost to Kaiserslautern in the last two minutes last season but then beat Arsenal in a derby with a great performance.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;West Ham will be confident, we have had a rest and I think it will be a tight game.&rdquo&#59;<BR><BR><I><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></I>