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Tano on right track

Posted on 27 September 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).

Mauricio Taricco has been one of our major plus points so far this season. While Ledley and Simon Davies capture the headlines and the imagination, Tano has filled in, with some style, in the right wing-back role since injury struck down Stephen Carr.

So accomplished have been Tano's performances, it is easy to forget that he has recently returned from a major injury that forced him to miss nearly all of last term.

The unassuming Argentinean has slipped quietly back into the picture and provided a balance to the side since the arrival of Christian Ziege.

Modest Tano does not like to assess his own merits and restricts himself on that level to commenting on his increasing fitness levels.

"At least I am getting stronger physically," he said dryly. "But I think you have to ask other people to see how they think I'm doing. I don't like to say how I think I'm doing."

Another point not mentioned by many observers and pundits is that Tano is not playing in his favoured position on the left - even though he is right-footed.

"For Ipswich I played for two and a half years on the left and a year and a half on the right. I personally like playing on the left.

"I don't know why, but I seem to feel more comfortable there. I am right footed, but sometimes I feel I can go forward a little bit better on the left.

"That's just my feeling. I consider myself a full-back and I can play both sides. As you know, at the moment Stephen Carr is injured and I am trying to do a job there."

The fact that Tano can adapt so easily to both roles conjures thoughts of that rarity in football - a two-footed player. Must be a South American thing...

"I don't think I have a very good left foot to be honest, it could get better, but I just like it on the left because you can come inside and then I can use my right foot."