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Friendly foe for Friedel

Brad Friedel only has good things to say about Aston Villa - but it won't stop him giving everything to beat his former club on Monday.

Brad Friedel only has good things to say about Aston Villa - but it won't stop him giving everything to beat his former club on Monday.

The in-form goalkeeper joined us from Villa in the summer having spent three seasons at Villa Park.

Of course, the USA international maintained his amazing record of consecutive matches in the Premier League throughout that spell - he'll be up to 277 against Villa.

Villa arrive at the Lane having suffered just two defeats in the league this season.

“They are a tremendous football club with a big following and the owner and chief executive are terrific people,” he said.

“They really went for it over the time I was there trying to get into the Champions League spots and brought some tremendous players into the squad.

“Everyone can see how good a player Stilyan Petrov is; they have a very good goalkeeper in Shay Given; one of the best centre-back pairings in the league in Richard Dunne and James Collins; Gabby Agbonlahor is playing exceptionally well, while Emile Heskey always puts a shift in and makes it difficult for defenders.

"They also have some talented youngsters such as Marc Albrighton, Chris Herd and Barry Bannan.

“Obviously it will be nice to see some friendly faces in the opposition dressing room, but once the whistle blows I’ll just be concentrating on trying to help us to win the game.

"This will be a very difficult match for us, they like to play football but so do we, so it could be entertaining.”

You can read the full interview with Brad in Monday night's programme and it will also be available on Matchday Xtra, via Spurs Xtra.