Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: I like All the Fans Buzz Talk, Says Jol; Spurs Hot It Up in Europe

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: I like All the Fans Buzz Talk, Says Jol; Spurs Hot It Up in Europe

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Byline: By Mike McGrath

TOTTENHAM boss Martin Jol admits progress in the Uefa Cup could affect their Premiership form - but he wants his young British players to keep the European buzz going around White Hart Lane.

Spurs will have the knock-out stages of the Uefa Cup in sight if they defeat Club Brugge tonight, although they have an important league game against Chelsea on Sunday.

A full house is expected for their Belgian opponents, who they defeated in the 1985 campaign with Clive Allen proving the difference, and the clash is another stage of development for the club's promising youngsters.

"It's not only a learning process for the younger players, but it is one of the advantages - the more they play the more experience they will get," Jol said.

"The important thing is that we are going from one stage to another so that we will be in the top three of the group, then we are in the next stage, then in the quarter-finals. We want to be in Europe for as long as possible."

He added: "It could affect our league chances, in the past there is evidence that it happens - but I would like to be in Europe, in the league, in the final of the Carling Cup and the final of the FA Cup. Of course it could hinder your ambitions, but you want to be there and if you want to be a good club you have to compete at all levels."

Jol's side impressively defeated Turkish side Besiktas in their opening group game, with a trip to Bayer Leverkusen also coming up in the campaign, getting fans excited over a return to European away games.

"Everybody is talking about it and emailing each other, the supporters all want to be in Europe," said Jol.

"Turkey was a bit different because people were worried to go there, but for Germany we will have maximum capacity, as we did with Slavia (Prague)."

Jol may be tempted to rest players for the Brugge clash, although he could continue with playing Aaron Lennon on the left flank as he did in the goalless draw against Watford last weekend when the winger missed four chances.

"If you have Cristiano Ronaldo, every time you expect him on the right but now when you play Manchester United you don't know," Jol said. …

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