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TALKING CHELSEA

Posted on 3 November 2002  - 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).

Chelsea have always been a charismatic group and current manager Claudio Ranieri is upholding that tradition.

Mr Ranieri is obviously a dedicated football man, very thorough in everything he does - wanting to be successful as all managers do. He now has to deal with the fact that the club has invested much in the past and probably spent heavily on salaries too.

Now he has to prove what a good manager he is because it is quite fair to assume that Chelsea are not going to be out in the market spending at the top end in the immediate future.

We keep reading different lines from some of their players, stating they are happy, but half seeking opportunities elsewhere.

What we do know is that Tottenham went through a terrible period against Chelsea where we could not win. Then we had that fantastic game against them, but chickens came home to roost a few weeks later when that wonderful result rebounded on us.

They are beatable, of course, and we are at home where we are enjoying a good record. We are a team now where, if we get the first goal, we are confident enough to keep that ball and look after it. We've also shown good spirit in fighting back.

Zola has finished very well this season and is a wonderful little player. Hasselbaink has the power to turn any defenders as we've found to our cost. But I think, at the moment, Richards and Perry are in terrific form.

Behind them, King and Gardner are on the way back, Bunjevcevic prefers playing there and Gary Doherty can also perform in central defence. In that area the manager is reasonably well blessed at the moment.

Lampard is breaking from midfield this season and playing well, while Petit has ability but has not shown the form he did at Arsenal in his peak. At the back they are very strong with Desailly and Gallas.

We've just got to make sure that we play it in the right spirit and it is looking like being an excellent Sunday afternoon game. The way we are playing we are more than capable of winning, which would be a very good scalp.

We've proved we have nothing to fear and, although we don't shout it, Chelsea's record against us over the years makes it, for us, a very nice game to win.