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Terry talks Espanyol

Posted on 9 August 2013  - 10:30

Terry Gibson expects Espanyol to provide a stern test at the Lane on Saturday.

Terry Gibson at Spurs Lodge, 2009Terry in action against Arsenal, April 1983Terry at Spurs, 1979

The Spurs fan and former striker at the Lane, Coventry City, United and Wimbledon is now a highly-respected pundit for Sky’s coverage of La Liga.

Terry, who made his Spurs debut aged 17 years and six days back in 1980, was a Spanish-based scout for Bolton and Manchester City during his time as Northern Ireland’s assistant coach between 2004-2007.

So when a pundit’s role became available another ex-Spur and well-known Spanish pundit, Gerry Armstrong, made Sky aware of Terry’s in-depth knowledge of La Liga and he hasn’t looked back.

Terry was happy to run the rule over Espanyol ahead of Saturday’s encounter.

“Funnily enough, Espanyol improved after replacing Mauricio Pochettino, who had done well there for three or four years but the team just started to struggle at the start of last season,” said Terry, who scored 16 goals in 29 games for us.

“I always felt he was a good manager but he left and they brought in Javier Aguirre, and they improved after that.

“Pochettino then got the Southampton job and did really well there last season.

“Espanyol are like a number of teams in Spain and even though I’ve covered La Liga for a number of years now, at the start of every season, there are so many changes at each club that it can take a team like Espanyol a while to get going.

“In all honesty, I thought they were going to go down last season but they changed drastically and got much better in the second half of the season.

“They are a decent team and I would expect a test for Spurs on Saturday, Espanyol will be competitive, for certain.

“They have some good players, Aguirre plays a slightly more direct style and that suited them last season. They are hard working, determined and that’s what got them out of trouble.

“The last La Liga team I saw at White Hart Lane was Villareal. Espanyol aren’t as good as Villareal were at that time (Villareal beat us 4-1 in July, 2010), but as I said, they will provide a test.”