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Tottenham strikers are main threat, says Escude


Sevilla defender Julien Escude said the UEFA Cup holders would have to get to grips with Tottenham strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov today if they are to reach the semifinals this season.

Tottenham host the southern Spanish club with a 2-1 deficit from the first leg a week ago, when Keane scored after just 65 seconds before Sevilla bounced back with goals later in the first half from Fredi Kanoute, the Spanish first division's top scorer, and Alexandr Kerzhakov. Escude told the UEFA website: "It's always great to win but it's going to be very hard over there. We're in for a difficult 90 minutes. We know how good Tottenham are, especially at home with their fans behind them."

And on Keane and Berbatov, Escude added: "It's tricky defending against strikers of their calibre.

We already knew about them, but we learned a lot. "We didn't really get to grips with them at the start and, with players like Keane and Berbatov, that can be fatal."

The former Ajax centreback added Tottenham were also strong in the middle of the park.

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