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Fredi on Seoul challenge

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).

Fredi Kanoute suspects we will face a particularly testing challenge in attempting to overcome his former club Lyon on Sunday in the final of Peace Cup 2005 in Seoul.

The striker came through the ranks at Lyon before departing for West Ham United in 2000 and hopes he can shake off a minor injury in order to be available for selection in what would be a first opportunity to take on his home town club.

The French champions - who will be chasing a fifth successive title in the forthcoming season - scored a whopping 28 goals in last season's Champions League, where they were unfortunate to exit in the quarter-finals to PSV Eindhoven.

"They are a big team and I hope I will be able to play because I have a little worry with my groin - nothing serious though," reported Fredi. "I would like to play against Lyon but I won't take any risks."

The Mali international went on to offer his theory on why Lyon have been so dominant in French football over recent years.

"It is about the club and the transfers they have been able to make," he added. "Lyon is a big, big football town and they also produce the best young players in France - so they have a good base to work from.

"Then they bring in some good players - the club is quite rich now - and this is the difference. Lyon is a town with a real culture of football."

On paper Lyon certainly appear to be a formidable force and Fredi, who keeps tabs on their progress from afar, picked out a few key players to look out for.

"One of the most dangerous, Juninho, isn't playing and that could be good for us. The one I know the most is Mahamadou Diarra, my international teammate, and he is a very good player. Michael Essien is very strong and powerful, he runs all over the pitch for the whole game and is very good for his team.

"At the back they are very strong as well with the Brazilians Cristiano Cris and Claudio Roberto Cacapa. Sydney Govou on the right is very quick - there are many good players!

"All over the pitch they are very quick and strong and they work a lot on their fitness in pre-season - a lot."

From our own perspective, Fredi feels our Peace Cup participation and progress will only benefit the squad as we prepare for the new season.

"We have played well and taken this tournament very seriously. That is why we have achieved what we have and improved our fitness in competitive games. It has been very interesting and we have been playing against teams who like to play good football. It also gives us a comparison between our football and the football played abroad."