Erwin Koeman did not get his preferred opponent when Feyenoord were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the last 32 of the Uefa Cup Friday afternoon. ‘I would have preferred Panathinaikos. This is really a tough draw,’ said the coach. ‘Spurs have got a good team. They are above all physically strong and on paper much better than Blackburn Rovers. But you always have a chance and they are sure to be great games.’

Koeman admits he’s looking forward to tasting the ambience against at White Hart Lane. ‘I’ve been there before with PSV; it’s a fantastic stadium. To get a good result there though we’ll have to equip ourselves against Spurs’ physical strength. On the other hand English sides always give you space to play. The match against Blackburn recently confirmed that. But I rate Tottenham higher.’

Technical manager Peter Bosz was immediately reminded of the matches he played against the Lilywhites in the shirt of Feyenoord. In 1992 the Rotterdammers edged out Spurs in the quarterfinal of the Cup Winners’ Cup over two legs, with a heroic performance in N17. ‘That was a fantastic experience. We’d won 1-0 at home and it finished 0-0 there. You might expect it to have been a boring game, but it had everything and it was played in a wonderful atmosphere. We’re now hoping for two football carnivals. Spurs are slight favourites, but we have already shown we can win when it’s not expected this season.’

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