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.