Harry, Toby and Dele preview United clash
10 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
You get the feeling Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Dele are looking forward to Sunday’s game at Old Trafford!
Buoyant after back-to-back victories against Swansea City and CSKA Moscow this week, the trio have been eagerly anticipating the trip to Manchester United for differing reasons.
For Harry, it’s a chance to build on his hot streak in front of goal since his return from injury and come up against another world-renowned striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
For Toby, it’s a first Premier League fixture since his return from injury at a ground on which he made his Spurs debut back in August, 2015.
And for Dele, who also made his competitive bow in our colours that day…. well, he’s just his usual enthusiastic self!
Here’s what the players have had to say ahead of our showdown at the Theatre of Dreams…
On Zlatan Ibrahimovic
“He’s obviously a world-class striker. He’s scored goals in every league he’s played in. I don’t focus too much on opposition players but he’s definitely a top striker, although hopefully I can score a couple and we can win the game on Sunday.”
Thoughts on the match
“It’s going to be tough. Any game when you go away from home in the Premier League, especially to Old Trafford, is going to be a difficult one but we’ve recovered well after Wednesday and we’re more than capable of winning there. We’ll go with a game plan, try to execute it and try to get the three points.”
Memories of Old Trafford debut
“I’m very proud to play for Spurs. We lost on that occasion but this is a different season and we will do everything to get the three points there. It’s a fantastic game, we can be confident of getting a good result but it will be tough. They have a good side but we are confident in our team.”
On containing Ibrahimovic
“It’s not only him – they have world-class players and he’s a world-class striker, we know that. He’s tough, he’s clever, he knows how to make goals, he has a lot of experience and a lot of quality. It will be tough to beat them.”
Targeting a good festive period?
“That’s why it’s important we’ve got two wins in a row now. We have to push on, get results and work very hard to get results because it’s not easy.”
Thoughts on the match
“It’s a massive game. We’re in good form, playing well and we fancy ourselves against anyone this season. They have a great team but we know if we stick to our game plan we can do well and we’ll look to get the win again.”
On preparations for the trip
“We’ll be watching plenty of clips and looking at how they play but there are no easy games. All the teams are playing well and looking strong. As I said, we fancy ourselves against anyone, though, and we’ve to go there, play our football and try to get the win.”