Common goal for Nacer and Mousa
29 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele may find themselves up against two of their Belgian international team-mates when Everton visit us today, but they’ve backed two more fellow countrymen to keep them at bay!
With Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas in the Toffees’ squad, there could be up to six Belgian international players on the pitch at once at White Hart Lane.
Nacer and Mousa have joined central defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the starting line-up for all three of our games to date.
As we prepare for today’s 5.30pm kick-off, the attacking midfield pair remain confident that we can nullify the threats of Everton’s players – in particular Lukaku, who has been responsible for four of the visitors’ 10 goals so far this term.
“Romelu and Kevin are great players and they’re two friends of mine,” said Nacer. “Romelu has started the season well, he scored two goals in midweek, and Mirallas is doing well too.
“Jan and Toby have known Romelu for a few years now so they know how to play against him. Romelu knows them very well also, so it’s going to be a good test and we have to be very careful and focused for this game.”
Mousa agrees that Lukaku will be a threat, but he insists our primary focus is on ourselves and our desire to win the match.
“Everton have some good players but we have some quality players on every line of the formation, guys who are not scared of anyone,” he said.
“Like any team, our defenders will all work together to stop not only Lukaku but their other players as well. We have the utmost confidence that we can win the game and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.”
Looking at the bigger picture, Nacer says three points this afternoon are vital after the disappointment of losing the lead in our last two matches – our most recent outing at Leicester having ended 1-1 after a 2-2 home draw with Stoke a fortnight ago.
“When you’ve been disappointed by your result the previous weekend you want to play as soon as possible and we’ve worked hard all week to prepare ourselves for the Everton game,” Nacer added. “Now we’re ready for it and we want to take the win.
“We have to start well like the last game at home. We played very well for 70 minutes but after that it was difficult. We must stay focused for 90-plus minutes – that’s very important.”