Ben and Toby anticipating challenging return to GSP Stadium
26 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld are both familiar with the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, the venue for tonight's UEFA Champions League meeting with APOEL, having played there for their respective nations in the last couple of years – and they've warned that it can be tough going ahead of our matchday two clash.
Left-back Ben turned out in front of a near 15,000-strong crowd as Wales beat Cyprus in a Euro 2016 qualifier back in September, 2015, while centre-half Toby was part of the Belgium side that secured back-to-back wins at the packed venue in September, 2015, and again exactly a year later, in qualifying for the Euros and the World Cup.
Both defenders have been speaking in advance of tonight's Group H fixture against APOEL, where we'll be looking to continue our 100 per cent away record this season. Here's what they had to say...
On returning to the GSP Stadium
"We are expecting a difficult game. We know it will be tough but we are ready and looking forward to the test. I remember the atmosphere here well from playing for Wales in a Euro 2016 qualifier. It’s a good memory because we won 1-0 which was key to reaching France at the time. It was a tough night and Cyprus gave us a tough time but the memory from that night here was a good one."
On the absence of a handful of our players tonight
"I have always felt that we have a strong squad. I am confident that the players coming in will do a good job. We see the quality every day in training. I believe we have what it takes to fill the gaps."
Thoughts ahead of the match
"We have a very important game in the Champions League now and we have to get six points out of six. It’s difficult in Cyprus. The crowd is very passionate and they will fight for their lives as well, so it’s up to us to find the same spirit as we had at West Ham and then bring the quality we have to our Champions League matches. It’s a good chance to get six points out of six and, for us, that would be wonderful."