December 11 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Nacer Chadli says his countrymen Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele had a big influence in his decision to join Tottenham.
And the former FC Twente man is hoping his move will result in European glory as Spurs prepare to start their continental campaign against Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia tonight.
Tottenham became the first Premier League team to field three Belgians in their starting line-up at Crystal Palace on Sunday – and Chadli is looking forward to joining forces with his international team-mates as the Lilywhites bid for success in England and in Europe.
“They gave me tips – the ways of Tottenham, the people, the club and the way all of them play, and for me it was the best choice to come here and join the group,” said Chadli. “They were on the phone before I signed here and they gave me good advice.
“There are maybe more ‘duels’ [in the Premier League] and the tempo is higher but, for the rest, football is still football.
“I play mostly on the left side and I can also play as a No10. I like to get the ball on the sides and come inside or outside to make the cross. I just play my game and I hope people enjoy it.
“I really liked [the first game]. We won 1-0 but we could have scored more goals. We had a lot of chances, but the most important thing is the three points and in the future we will just have to score more goals.
“Crystal Palace were very compact in the first half so we didn’t create a lot of chances. After the goal it was easier and we are a good team with a lot of quality. We will have to keep moving on and think about the next game now.
“I hope to go as far as possible in the Europa League. I’ve made it to the quarter-finals with my old club [FC Twente] and this time I hope I can win it.
“We have a lot of good players. We just have to adjust in front of the goal sometimes and in the future it will be ok.”
Dembele is delighted to have Chadli in the Tottenham ranks, saying: “He is a player who has a bit of everything.
“He has power, he is quick, he has good technical skills and he can score goals so I am very pleased that he is now playing for us.”
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