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Atouba - 1st interview

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).

Thimothee Atouba says that the strong team spirit at the club has made it easy for him to settle in following his switch from Basel.

The Cameroon international joined just ahead of the opening day encounter with Liverpool and has been a strong presence on the left of our midfield - really introducing himself with his stunning winner in his first start against Newcastle in game two.

The quietly spoken Thimothee explained that, due to his late arrival, he put all domestic arrangements to one side to concentrate just on football matters - but quickly noticed things were a bit different to what he was used to in Switzerland.

"Since I have joined from Basel I have noticed big differences - the size of the club and the big support of the fans," he reflected.

"I did find it a little bit difficult at first because I arrived just before the season started so I have put my focus just on my football. When I have a little bit of time free I will start to look for a flat and organise all the other things in my life.

"I am getting on very well with all the other players and there is a very good spirit in the dressing room. There are different people, some like to clown about, others are more serious - I get on with them all and things will only get better as I go along.

"Fredi is the one that does all the translating for me. He is very, very helpful and we are joking in English at the moment. My English isn't so good, but I am starting to learn and it is good to have some French speakers here."

Thimothee broke into a broad smile when reminded of his fine right-footed strike up at Newcastle and reflected that the win gave the team a belief in itself.

"The goal gave me a lot of confidence, not only me but the team. The most important thing was to score in the second of two very tough games, the next being about getting used to English football," he added, before pointing out that the solid start to the season has not come as a major surprise to himself.

"I am not surprised because of the group of players we have. When I was at Basel I won two championships with a good group of players, as soon as I started training here I had every confidence in the ability of the squad."