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Tony's test

Posted on 26 August 2005  - 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).

Anthony Gardner is ready for the toughest test to date of our unblemished defensive record on Saturday.

Champions and current Premiership leaders Chelsea are the visitors in a first against second cracker at the Lane.

The Blues have kicked-off the defence of their crown with three straight wins including a 4-0 hammering of West Brom on Wednesday night.

We’re also unbeaten after wins against Portsmouth and Middlesbrough and a draw at Blackburn in midweek.

Anthony, who has started all three games so far alongside Michael Dawson, is determined to keep a fourth-successive clean sheet.

“Chelsea are in good form as you could see from Wednesday night’s results, they are scoring goals and it will be our toughest game yet,” considered the big defender.

“If we can keep our record defensively and keep another clean sheet then we know we play our best attacking football at home and that gives us a good chance to get a result.

“They have quality, world-class players and we’ll have to stop them playing. That will be drummed into the boys.”

Chelsea are expected to line-up in a 4-3-3 system with two wide men and a lone striker — either Didier Drogba or Hernan Crespo. Both men have spearheaded the attack so far with Crespo hitting a spectacular winner at Wigan and Drogba bagging the winner against Arsenal and another against West Brom.

“It can be a tricky system to defend against especially centrally because there is always the threat of one striker finding space in-between the centre-halves,” added Anthony.

“We’re used to playing against it now because in the first three games we’ve played, two teams have gone with that system.

“It’s not as unfamiliar as it was a couple of seasons ago and we prepare for it in training and take that out on the pitch on Saturday.”