Tottenham’s reserve goalkeeper Brad Friedel looks set to retain his place in the Europa League side to face Lyon on Thursday and the American international insists that the club have plenty to do if they are to progress.

Spurs take a slender, 2-1 lead to France and Friedel feels that the team has to stay focussed if they are to protect that narrow advantage.

“It’s two good teams both trying to progress and it’s by no means a massive advantage. Just a small advantage,” Friedel said.

“They are going to have come out and try to score and hopefully that will leave it a bit open at the back and could leave chances for us.”

Jan Vertonghen may also start the game and the Belgian believes that a weekend break has left the team with an advantage ahead of the second game.

“We will be fresh for the second leg without a game at the weekend and we want to do something in Europe,” said Jan.

Tottenham’s slender advantage is largely due to Gareth Bale and Vertonghen believes that the Welshman could be the key once again.

“As a winger, that’s unbelievable. I’m glad I’m not playing against him,” Jan added.

Bale may well be the key to the result but as Lyon look for the win, Brad Friedel could be the busiest man on the night.




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