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Kaboul: Man City opener is perfect for Spurs before Champions League qualifier

PUBLISHED: 17:20 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:03 07 September 2010

YOUNES Kaboul insists that he is thrilled to be facing Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League, even though the season's curtain-raiser comes just days before the first Champions League qualifier...

By Ben Pearce

YOUNES Kaboul insists that he is thrilled to be facing Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League, even though the season's curtain-raiser comes just days before the first Champions League qualifier.

The Tottenham defender denies that he and his team-mates would prefer to kick off their campaign with a more routine fixture, arguing that an opening-day victory over Roberto Mancini's side would give Spurs all the confidence they need for their European tie.

"Would I prefer an easier first game? No, it's good. It's definitely good because we start straight away in the league with a big game and that's very important," said Kaboul.

"Our games against Manchester City may turn out to be very important again, but regardless of that it's always better to start with three points so you can be nicely placed in the table early on.

"We have to take those three points at home, and if we do then we'll have momentum straight away. We'll know that we've beaten a very good team and we would go into that Champions League match already feeling on top of our game. We start with two big games so we have to be prepared for that."

Kaboul played the second half of Spurs' 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, stationed at centre-back.

However, the 24-year-old played right-back in the crucial victories over Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City at the end of last season, and he is happy to resume the role if necessary.

"I don't know if I'll play there again, Harry just asked me to play there last season so in every game I tried to give my best and it worked," Kaboul continued.

"Who knows, we will see but I'm a defender so if I have to play right-back or centre-back it's the same for me. I can play in that position, why not?

"There's a lot of players in the squad, and in every position. I just have to work every day in training to try to get in the team at the weekend."

Kaboul admits that France's embarrassing showing at the World Cup took the shine off his summer, but he hopes that success with Spurs will give him the chance to be part of Les Bleus' regeneration under Laurent Blanc.

"I've enjoyed watching the World Cup. Obviously I was a bit disappointed because of France but apart from that it was okay," he said. "I suppose it could maybe turn out to be a good thing for me, but the main thing is to keep going for Spurs and play in as many games as I can, and then we will see about France.

"At the moment I'm feeling very good. Pre-season at Tottenham is familiar for me, I've known everyone for a few years so it's easier to work with them.

"It's hard work but it's good for the future so I think everybody's happy to come back and work hard. We had a nice game against Bournemouth and we need a big pre-season because we're going to have a lot of games this season.


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