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Steffen's sixth sense

Posted on 30 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Steffen Iversen says he’s coping well with his hectic schedule as the striker links up with Norway again this week in preparation for the first World Cup qualifying match against Armenia in Oslo on Saturday.

Iversen told the Official Spurs Website during the club’s Scandinavian tour that he was worried with the amount of games he was playing and the first few weeks of the season underline his concerns - this will be his sixth game in three weeks.

The 24-year-old flew straight to Finland to hook up with Norway after our final friendly against Vitesse Arnhem and returned on the Friday before the start of the season.

He then played on Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday for us before joining the Norwegian squad this week. The Armenia match follows and then it’s back home and another Premiership fixture against Everton on Tuesday.

Iversen admitted: "It’s a lot of travelling, especially coming straight after pre-season and it’s tough, but you get on with it. We had a game the week before the season in Holland and then I played for Norway. Then the season started and we played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and now it’s the weekend and then Tuesday again.

"It’s a lot of games in a short time but the fitness levels are better in the game so the players are getting used to it. In England it is always at least one game a week and the guys who play in internationals have a few more games as well. To be honest though, I don’t feel too bad."