STEF HAS NO MERCY FOR OLD FRE­UND HUGHTON

NOR­WICH v TOT­TEN­HAM Kick-off 7.45pm

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

ST­EF­FEN FRE­UND will be re­united with his old pal Chris Hughton tonight.

But there is no room for sen­ti­ment in the com­pe­ti­tion that pro­vided the Ger­man his finest achieve­ment at Tot­ten­ham.

Hughton was as­sis­tant boss at Spurs when Fre­und ar­rived at White Hart Lane in 1998 and it was his job to help the new­comer set­tle in.

Lan­guage was the big­gest prob­lem, so Hughton taught Fre­und the ba­sics – and the swear words! “Of course, he taught me all the bad words,” said Fre­und. “And the football lan­guage is im­por­tant for a player.

“He helped me a lot to know ‘cor­ner flag’ and ‘set-pieces’ and all the things which helped me to set­tle.

“When I signed it was be­fore Christ­mas – in Ger­many you have a break at Christ­mas and New Year – and then I came in, one train­ing ses­sion, and then I played against Sh­effield Wed­nes­day with­out any English words.

“That’s why Chris was re­ally help­ful for me.”

Hur­dle

Fre­und was in the team when Spurs won the League Cup in 1999 and he still keeps his shirt from the vic­tory against Le­ices­ter at Wem­b­ley.

He is now in the po­si­tion Hughton held at White Hart Lane and will face the Nor­wich man­ager tonight at Car­row Road.

Tot­ten­ham have been knocked out at the first hur­dle of the com­pe­ti­tion in the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons but man­ager An­dre Vil­las-Boas is tak­ing it se­ri­ously, even if he will make changes.

Fre­und has con­firmed it will be a strong side, with some of the squad ro­tated.

French keeper Hugo Lloris did not play in the last round at Carlisle but is in the frame to test him­self against top-flight op­po­si­tion.

Em­manuel Ade­bayor would have started but is a doubt with sick­ness and a back in­jury.

With Man City al­ready out and one of Chelsea or Man United get­ting dumped tonight, Spurs see this as a tro­phy they could win this sea­son.

Hughton is ready to shuf­fle his pack and keep his Ca­naries fresh too.

“There will be changes – how many I don’t know yet,” he said.

“I have to say that where I’m for­tu­nate is I have got good op­tions and we are not the type of squad that has got a best 11.

“We’ve got a lot of play­ers. When you look at Robert Sn­od­grass, Jonny How­son and An­drew Sur­man, these are all lads who have been reg­u­lar starters. I will mix it up a bit.”

CURSES! Fre­und learned all the English swear words from Hughton

SHUF­FLE: Hughton

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