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Ask Iversen - part two

English Barclays Premiership

After talking about more personal details on Saturday, Sunday sees our super striker Steffen Iversen talking about Spurs - from Premiership chances and competition up front to playing too many games.

From Gary, Edgware: What is your view on the amount of games in a season? With all the Premiership, European and cup games, is it too many?
SI: "It is way too many. Looking back to the season we've just had, followed by the European Championships in the summer, it left me with three weeks holiday. That means I'm training and playing for 49 weeks in a year and that is too much. I don't think I can handle playing in the Premiership and the national team for the next four or five years. I don't think I've got that much in me."

From Ole Johan Lytomt: What do you think about this season's squad?
SI: "I think the squad is better now because all the major injuries have gone and everyone is fit and we have made three brilliant signings in Rebrov, Sullivan and Thatcher. The squad is definitely stronger than last season."

From Andrew Bradford, Sydney, Australia: Are you looking forward to sharing goalscoring responsibilities this season or do you see it as more of a challenge to keep your place?
Steffen Iversen: "Both actually. Hopefully all four of us will play a good part this season because last season it was basically myself and Chris Armstrong and it is better for Tottenham that we have all four strikers available. It will make it a bigger challenge and put a little more pressure on us to perform but if you feel bad or have an injury, there is someone to take over."

From Gareth Needs: Do you think you can win the Premiership title while you are at Spurs?
SI: "I came here to try and win things. We have already won the Worthington Cup and that is a good start. I think we have a better team now and a stronger squad after the signings in the summer. We didn't do as well as we'd hoped last season but if we can get rid of the long-term injuries we should at least be in the top six."

From Michael Overland: I've recently heard a rumour that Leeds were interested in you. Would you join them?
SI: "I want to stay here as long as I can because I have a lot of friends here now and in London as well. It is good to know that there are clubs interested in you because it gives you a little confidence. That will help me and Tottenham as well."

From Mike Hosking: Which striker, past or present, do you admire the most?
SI: "It is very hard to say. I admire Tore Andre Flo and think he is a very good striker not just because he is Norwegian, but I think if Chelsea played him more they would have a better team. I think he is the best striker there. Otherwise, it is difficult to say."

From Devlan Kruck: Who is the fastest defender you have ever played against?
SI: "Jaap Stam is pretty quick and Sol Campbell."

From Paul Wain: Which of the young players do you think will make the biggest impact next season?
SI: "There are a lot coming through. I think Stephen Clemence has done very well. He has impressed in pre-season and I think he could do well."

From Andy Hall, Newcastle: Are you worried that after playing all our games last season and in Euro2000 that you will start to feel the strain now?
SI: "I actually feel alright. I didn't lose too much fitness in my three weeks off but I was feeling quite tired at the end of last season. It would have been better for me and Tottenham if we had more fit strikers last season because we could have shared the work."

From Ray Keates: Which Premiership team would you get the most satisfaction out of scoring the winning goal against?
SI: "Arsenal."

Sergei Rebrov

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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