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Jol: No weak teams in group
03 Oct 2006 - 13:41:50
Tottenham head coach Martin Jol thinks there are no weak teams in his side's UEFA Cup group after being handed games against Besiktas, Club Brugge, Bayer Leverkusen and Dinamo Bucuresti.
Jol has tipped the Bundesliga outfit to top Group B but thinks his side has every chance of finishing in the top three and reaching the last 32 of the competition.
"It's a difficult one because we were in the last pot so it was always going to be a hard group," Jol told Spurs' official website.
"Normally the top three teams would be big favourites, but there are no weaker teams in our group and we will not be viewed as such by the other clubs. It will be an exciting journey for us.
"Leverkusen is a club with a great history, Dimitar Berbatov played there and they reached the Champions League final in 2002.
"They will probably be favourites to win the group. Besiktas are not the strongest team in Turkey at the moment but what you are guaranteed over there is a passionate crowd.
"I think we have done okay, we have Club Brugge at home and if we can get a good result in that it would set us up for the difficult trip to Leverkusen."
Spurs travel to Istanbul to play Besiktas in their opening group game on Thursday 19 October before entertaining Club Brugge two weeks later.
They visit Bayer Leverkusen on 23 November before ending their group campaign against Dinamo Bucuresti at White Hart Lane on 14 December.