Bassong eyes French draw

Spurs have shone on their debut campaign in Europe’s premier club

competition, easing into the last 16 as winners of a group that

contained current holders Inter Milan. They have not looked out of

place among the continent’s elite, with their adventurous approach

bringing goals aplenty. Having progressed safely into the knockout

stages, their focus has now turned to Friday’s draw for the next

round. Topping their group means, in theory, they will be given an

easier route from here on in, with AC Milan, Lyon, Valencia,

Copenhagen, Roma, Marseille possible opponents in the last 16.

Cameroon international Bassong insists Harry Redknapp’s side fear

no-one heading forward but, having been born in Paris, admits that

he would welcome the opportunity to return to his homeland. “I

would like to play a French team, because then I could go back to

France,” he told Sky Sports News. “I don’t want to play them

because it will be easy, because it will be a tough game, every

game we play will be tough. We just have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Bassong’s defensive colleague Benoit Assou-Ekotto has

become the latest Spurs star to air his title ambitions. Tottenham

are currently seven points adrift of leaders Manchester United with

the halfway point of the season almost upon us, but the White Hart

Lane outfit are confident they can close that gap and remain

serious contenders. “Yeah, we can do it. We are only in December.

The season is long,” said Assou-Ekotto.