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Brad Friedel believes Tottenham"s tough run in will hlep their chance to qualify for the Champions League

Spurs' tough schedule will help their Champions League bid, says Friedel

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

21:45 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 1 April 2013

Brad Friedel believes Tottenham’s tough April schedule will benefit their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Spurs moved into third place with their 2-1 win at Swansea on Saturday but must play Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City in the next three weeks, as well as a two-leg Europa League quarter-final against FC Basel.

Friedel, though, believes his side rise to the occasion against teams in the top half of the table. Home draws against the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Norwich and Stoke, as well as defeats by Wigan and Fulham, have, after all, stunted Tottenham’s progress this season.

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Tough schedule: Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes Tottenham's players will rise to the challenge in the run in

Tough schedule: Brad Friedel believes Tottenham's players will rise to the challenge in the run in

The goalkeeper said: ‘We have some tough Premier League games coming up and I think that is much better for us. The bigger the game, the more the players will step up to the plate.

‘It might be nervy for the people who think about it and watch it but in-house we know what we want to do. There are no nerves hanging around the training ground.’

On fire: Gareth Bale (right) scores with a stunning strike against Swansea

On fire: Gareth Bale (right) scores with a stunning strike against Swansea

This was a vital win for Andre Villas-Boas’ side although it took a last-minute tackle from Gareth Bale to prevent Nathan Dyer scoring an equaliser after Michu led a spirited Swansea fight-back in the second half. A loss — or even a draw after establishing a 2-0 lead with two stunning goals from Jan Vertonghen and Bale inside 21 minutes — and Friedel admitted Tottenham’s Champions League hopes could have been over.

The goalkeeper, 41, started his first Premier League game since November to allow Hugo Lloris to protect a slight knee injury he sustained on international duty with France. Friedel will play again against Basel on Thursday, but Lloris is expected to resume training on Monday.

Friedel said: ‘If we had given away a two-goal lead, psychologically it would have hurt. There would have been no denying that. It was very important that we won today (Saturday).

Vital: The win over Swansea was an important three points for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

Vital: The win over Swansea was an important three points for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

‘It was a massive three points. The week we had before the international break where we had the three losses (against Liverpool, Inter Milan and Fulham) meant this was a huge, huge win for us. To top it off Chelsea lost which makes it an even better weekend.’

Bale added: ‘It was important for us to get a win because it was important to stop the rot and try and kick on and make our season as good as possible. It was a great result for us today so hopefully we can keep this run going now. We’re still in the running for our objectives and hopefully we can fulfil them.’

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Friedel to fight Lloris at Tottenham after signing new deal to 2014

Friedel chooses fight over flight after signing to stay at Tottenham until 2014

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UPDATED:

09:44 GMT, 26 December 2012

Brad Friedel has signed a new contract to extend his stay with Tottenham until 2014.

The United States goalkeeper had been linked with a return to Blackburn after being deposed as first-choice by summer signing Hugo Lloris but now appears set to fight for his place.

Friedel, the only player in Premier League history to have made over 300 consecutive league starts, arrived at Spurs from Aston Villa in 2011.

Commited: Despite interest from former club Blackburn, Friedel wants to stay at White Hart Lane

Commited: Despite interest from former club Blackburn, Friedel wants to stay at White Hart Lane

His commitment to the club leaves manager Andre Villas-Boas with four goalkeepers – the other two, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini, are both big earners and could be set for exits

Lloris, meanwhile, says he cannot wait to have his first taste of Boxing Day tension, even though it has meant sacrificing his usual extravagant dining.

The France captain is preparing for their visit to Villa today but admits he usually “feasts” over Christmas and is not used to showing restraint from gorging on fine food.

Down but not out: Lloris' arrival has not convinced Friedel he needs to leave the club

Down but not out: Lloris' arrival has not convinced Friedel he needs to leave the club

Players in Ligue 1 are handed a two-week break from football over the festive period, before the campaign resumes on Friday, January 11.

‘Usually it was a period where I lay around, enjoying many feasts,’ he told L’Equipe.

‘I heard someone shout from the stands, “these aren’t holidays, so watch your line”.’

Safe hands: Lloris is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

Safe hands: Lloris is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

Taking it in good humour, the former Lyonnais stopper admits to having chuckled at this, but knows the importance of staying focused.

‘It is a family event and it shows all the passion of football in England. I can’t wait to see it for myself.’

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini set for LA Galaxy

Yanks for the memories! Cudicini set for Spurs exit as stopper closes in on LA Galaxy deal

PUBLISHED:

22:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

Carlo Cudicini is close to agreeing a two-year deal to join MLS side LA Galaxy.

Sportsmail revealed the interest last month and talks are at an advanced stage for the 39-year-old.

Moving on: Goalkeeper Cudicini is poised to leave Tottenham next month

Moving on: Goalkeeper Cudicini is poised to leave Tottenham next month

Cudicini is eager to play after falling behind Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Although 41-year-old Friedel is set
to join Blackburn in January, Cudicini is interested in the idea of
going to Los Angeles and following former teammate Robbie Keane.

David Moyes hails Tim Howard on eve of his 200th consecutive Everton appearance

Moyes hails history man Howard set to become second player to make 200 consecutive appearances

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

David Moyes has paid a glowing tribute to Tim Howard as the Everton goalkeeper prepares to add his name to the Barclays Premier League history books.

Howard will become only the second man in the Premier League era to make 200 consecutive appearances when he takes to the field at Stoke this afternoon – the only other player to achieve the feat is his compatriot Brad Friedel.

There have been questions raised about Howard’s form this season, particularly after he was culpable for goals against Newcastle, Southampton and Norwich, but Moyes has been quick to defend a player he took from Manchester United in 2006 to replace Nigel Martyn.

Up for it: Tim Howard is on the verge of becoming the second ever player to hit 200 consecutive games

Up for it: Tim Howard is on the verge of becoming the second ever player to hit 200 consecutive games

There will come a time in the future when Moyes knows Howard needs replacing and Everton’s manager is already on the lookout for a potential successor – he enquired about England Under-21 international Jack Butland in the summer.

Moyes, though, is adamant that the day when he is no longer Everton’s No 1 is a long way off and has hailed the talent and durability which has made him one of the best in the league.

‘Tim has not had many instances in his time here where he would warrant criticism,’ said Moyes.

‘Before him, Nigel was reliable, consistent and a great man to work with. To try and find another keeper like that, who you think most weeks you can trust, was not easy – But Tim has been that.

Superb: Moyes gave Howard a glowing review and said he was a pleasure to work with

Superb: Moyes gave Howard a glowing review and said he was a pleasure to work with

Current consecutive appearance standings

Date achieved

Goalkeeper

Consecutive apps

29/09/2012

Friedel, Brad

310

Current

Howard, Tim

199

01/04/2012

Reina, Pepe

183

20/04/2008

James, David

166

26/12/2005

Lampard, Frank

164

23/02/1998

James, David

159

11/12/2010

Green, Robert

143

31/10/2004

Given, Shay

140

02/03/2008

Jaaskelainen, Jussi

121

14/08/2004

Holland, Matt

115

‘He has to be kept on his toes like everyone else and there are standards we feel, like everyone, he has to get to. But he has been fantastic for us, he really has. Since we took him from Manchester United, he has been an excellent goalkeeper and a great guy to work with.

‘I think he is very conscientious about his work and how he goes about it. He has helped us in so many games and he is a big part of what we do. He is a big voice in the dressing room as well.

'Tim has competition and in the main his play has been very good. We are really comfortable with him.’

Moyes will work closely with his goalkeeping coach Chris Woods when recruiting another goalkeeper and Birmingham keeper Butland, who has also been watched by Liverpool, is a player who would fit the bill.

Onwards: David Moyes says despite Howard's excellence he will still be considering the club's future keeper

Onwards: David Moyes says despite Howard's excellence he will still be considering the club's future keeper

‘You are always planning for who is the next Nigel Martyn Who is the next Tim Howard We are always looking to see who that next one would be,’ said Moyes.

‘You have to do that. We have enquired a couple of times about Butland, but not recently.’

Everton jumped into the top four last week with a dramatic win against Tottenham and the progress they have made over the last 12 months is significant as on this weekend last year, they were 15th with 17 points.

They must do without influential forward Kevin Mirallas, though, at Stoke.

The Belgian has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem and Moyes, who has revealed that Tony Hibbert requires surgery to repair a calf injury, said: ‘It is a worry because we are missing a really good player and someone who gives us a different attacking dimension.’

LA Galaxy interested in Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini

Spurs stopper Cudicini wanted by LA Galaxy after seeing first-team chances slip

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

LA Galaxy are showing interest in Tottenham's other veteran goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

The 39-year-old is eager to play after falling behind Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Although 41-year-old Friedel is set to join Blackburn in January, Cudicini is interested in the idea of going to Los Angeles and following former teammate Robbie Keane.

United he stands: Carlo Cudicini could be on his way to LA Galaxy

United he stands: Carlo Cudicini could be on his way to LA Galaxy

Tottenham's other experienced keeper Heurelho Gomes is attrcating interest from Brazil but his wages and expected 3.5million transfer fee are so far proving too exspensive.

Spurs, meanwhile, have again been linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

However, the 28-year-old's high wages would provide a major obstacle to any permanent deal for the Dutch international, who has not played at Inter since September.

Blackburn want Brad Friedel as a player-coach

Blackburn still hoping Friedel will return even though keeper is willing to fight for Spurs place

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 10 December 2012

Blackburn remain keen on signing Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel as a player-coach despite his determination to succeed at White Hart Lane.

The 41-year-old American goalkeeper faces a battle to be Spurs' first choice stopper with summer signing Hugo Lloris challenging him for the role.

Henning Berg would love to bring Friedel, who was benched for the Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, to Ewood Park to help his side's promotion bid.

Target: Blackburn would love Brad Friedel to come back to Ewood Park

Target: Blackburn would love Brad Friedel to come back to Ewood Park

Andre Villas-Boas has moved to block the potential transfer and Friedel wants to keep playing at his current side, rather than returning to his former club.

He said: 'I’m contracted to Tottenham and I’m concentrating on Tottenham. Whatever role they throw at me I’ll do it to the best of my capabilities.

'There’s no rivalry with Hugo. At every club, for 21 seasons, there’s competition for places. As I said before when I signed the two-year contract I figured I would play last year, this year was an unknown.

'The club have been on the look-out for a long term goalkeeper for a couple of years. We also have two other outstanding goalkeepers at the club in Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.

Desire: Henning Berg wants the keeper to help coach as well as play

Desire: Henning Berg wants the keeper to help coach as well as play

'So competition for places Yes. But the club is going to be around a lot longer than any of us. They want to be in the Champions League and they want to try to win trophies so they continuously have to buy good players in every position.

'Do I thrive on competition Absolutely. Or else I wouldn’t be playing football, and definitely not at the age of 41.'

Asked if he might move in the January transfer window he said: 'That’s all hypothetical. I’m at Tottenham and I’m very happy here.'

Southampton want to sign Scott Dann

Adkins wants 6m-rated Dann to shore up Saints defence in January

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 9 December 2012

Southampton intend to revive their interest in Blackburn defender Scott Dann next month.

Manager Nigel Adkins was put off by Rovers’ demand for a 6million fee in the summer when he initially enquired.

Wanted man: Scott Dann (left) is a target for Premier League Southampton

Wanted man: Scott Dann (left) is a target for Premier League Southampton

But he has continued to send scouts to check on Dann, 25, and is willing to table an offer.

Blackburn meanwhile, who are also braced for the sale of goalkeeper Paul Robinson, are interested in Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios and Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel.

Manchester City want Rafael Cabral as Joe Hart understudy

Man City eye Brazil international goalkeeper Cabral as understudy to Hart

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UPDATED:

23:22 GMT, 7 December 2012

Manchester City are interested in Santos goalkeeper Rafael Cabral.

The Barclays Premier League champions are looking to provide extra competition for Joe Hart and Brazil international Cabral, 22, is available for around 5million.

Target: Cabral

Target: Cabral

Tottenham have also made enquiries as they prepare to offload Brad Friedel, 41, to Blackburn in January and their own Brazilian Heurelho Gomes, 31, who would consider a move back to South America.

Cabral was due to play for Brazil in their ill-fated Olympics campaign but was injured just before the tournament started.

Paul Robinson to reunite with Sam Allardyce at Upton Park

Keeper Robinson set to reunite with Allardyce at Upton Park

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 1 December 2012

Former England goalkeeper Paul
Robinson is set for a reunion with Sam Allardyce by returning to the
Premier League with West Ham in January.

Hammers boss Allardyce, who worked
with Robinson when he was manager at Blackburn Rovers, is set to beat
off competition from Fulham to land 33-year-old Robinson who will be
allowed to leave Ewood Park once Rovers tie up a 500,000 deal for
Tottenham's Brad Friedel.

Robinson, England's first-choice
goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup goalkeeper in Germany, will provide
competition at Upton Park for Jussi Jaaskelainen, 37, who has shown
recent signs of fallability.

Bad times: Paul Robinson after relegation was confirmed for Blackburn

Bad times: Paul Robinson after relegation was confirmed for Blackburn

Robinson has been waiting for a chance to return to the Premier League after being relegated with Rovers last season.

Fulham are seeking a replacement for veteran Mark Schwarzer but Allardyce is firmly in pole position having worked well with Robinson in the past.

Tottenham knocked back a request from Blackburn to sign Friedel on loan last week but the veteran American is likely to push for a move in January as his first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane get harder following the arrival of French No1 Hugo Lloris.

Blackburn will give 41-year-old Friedel a coaching role at the club in addition to regular first-team football until their England under-20 international Jake Kean is ready to take the step up.

Robinson has been at the top of English football for nearly 15 years after coming to prominence at Leeds United where he faced Barcelona in the Champions League as a tenager.

Looking for cover: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

Looking for cover: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

He went on to play for Spurs and Blackburn and won 41 England caps, keeping David James out of the side when Sven Goran Eriksson was manager.

Two other international goalkeepers could also be on the move next month. Norway No1 Rune Jarstein, who could be in goal for his country at the next World Cup in Brazil, is close to securing a deal with Steve Bruce to join Hull City.

And Aston Villa's Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is on a list of players that manager Paul Lambert is willing to sell to reduce the wage bill at Villa Park.

Given retired from international football after Euro 2012 to concentrate on his club football but has since been replaced in the Villa team by Brad Guzan.

Lambert is looking to rebuild Villa and will also listen to offers for Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock, Darren Bent and Charles N'Zogbia.

Brad Friedel Blackburn return blocked by Andre Villas-Boas

AVB steps in to stop Friedel's Blackburn return despite Lloris edging Spurs keeper battle

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UPDATED:

23:46 GMT, 22 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has blocked Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel’s return to Blackburn.

Friedel, 41, has been offered a
player-coach role at Ewood Park by his old team-mate Henning Berg.
Blackburn hope to revive a deal in January.

Friedel was ready to give up his
battle with Hugo Lloris to be Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper and
make a dramatic return to Blackburn.

Wanted: Brad Friedel (centre) is tempted by a coaching offer from Blackburn

Wanted: Brad Friedel (centre) is tempted by a coaching offer from Blackburn

Berg was in negotiations with Spurs
on Wednesday over a deal that would see Friedel move back to Ewood Park
on loan until January when the transfer would become permanent.

The 41-year-old American is also being offered a coaching role at his old club.

Friedel
has been locked in a battle with Lloris since the France international
arrived at White Hart Lane from Lyon for 8million in the summer.

Lloris
was widely expected to be first-choice but, despite ending Friedel's
remarkable run of 310 consecutive starts in the Premier League for
Blackburn, Aston Villa and Spurs last month, Villas-Boas still seems
undecided between the two.

Clear run: Friedel's departure would make Hugo Lloris undisputed No 1

Clear run: Friedel's departure would make Hugo Lloris undisputed No 1

Both he and chairman Daniel Levy are
understood to be reluctant to lose Friedel but the player is tempted by
an opportunity to return to the north-west, where he still has a luxury
home in Cheshire, and the offer of a move into coaching.