Programme: Chris Armstrong
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).
<I>Ashley Weller talks to Chris Armstrong.</I><P>With another frustrating start to a season hopefully behind you, you must be looking forward to 2001 now that you are fit again.<P class=MsoNormal>Yes, I am looking forward to the second half of the season very much. My hamstring injury is finally sorted out and things are going well now. I didn't get off to the start I would have liked, but that is hopefully in the past.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>Do you think you are nearing full match fitness yet?<P class=MsoNormal>I have felt a lot fitter with each game I have played, since my first full start of the campaign against Manchester United a month ago.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>The 1999-2000 season seemed to follow a similar pattern for you too, it must be a sense of deja vu?<P class=MsoNormal>That's right. But, thankfully, the New Year last year proved to be the turning point in my season. Hopefully that will be the same this time and I can have a little more luck during the run-in as I did last term.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>What are your hopes for 2001?<P class=MsoNormal>I have now got a few games under my belt going into the New Year, and pleased that I have got a couple of goals too, so I'm looking to get back to full match fitness and steer clear of injuries.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>Have you set yourself any targets?<P class=MsoNormal>All I want to do at the moment is stay as fit as possible after the recent injuries I have had. I am always confident that when I am fully fit that I can do the business and score goals. It is just a case now of getting fully match fit and staying injury free.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>Do you think the sheer pace and physical demands of the modern game have increased the injury risk to players?<P class=MsoNormal>The game has definitely increased in tempo, it has got noticeably quicker just over the past few seasons. There are more quality players in the League than in previous years too, so maybe the demands and expectations on everyone are that much higher. Maybe a combination of factors has led to an increase in different types of injuries. But there have always been injuries.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>We haven't had a settled striking partnership in the team for a long time, do you think that has affected our success on the pitch at all?<P class=MsoNormal>The first season I came here I played alongside Teddy Sheringham for the whole season. In the five years I have been here that is the only time that has happened. We finished eighth in the League that year, we haven't finished higher since then.<P class=MsoNormal>But that isn't just the case for the front players, that lack of consistency in personnel has been the same throughout the whole team. It must affect results to a certain degree, but injuries are part of football and it is the same for any team, not just Spurs. But if the players are settled for any length of time it must be better for the team.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>When everyone is fit, there is certainly competition for places now particularly in your position. Is that a challenge that you relish?<P class=MsoNormal>It is a great situation for the club and everyone is kept on his toes. It is great for the team and good for the players too because you know there are others pushing to get your position. No-one can afford to be slack.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<P class=MsoNormal>So you are looking forward to the New Year and it just happens to end in a one, so no pressure there then!<P class=MsoNormal>Tottenham have a fantastic tradition in Cup competitions, particularly in certain years, and the lads are well aware of that. It would be brilliant to continue that tradition and win something this year.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>