Janmaat: “We Have To Go There With Confidence”
Travelling to North London this afternoon, Daryl Janmaat is well aware his team will be facing a Tottenham Hotspur side with their tails up, but says that ‘anything can happen’ if the Hornets play their cards right.
Quique Sánchez Flores’ side will be the first visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since Bayern Munich, who ran away 7-2 victors in the Champions League, and they will also be the hosts’ first Premier League opposition since a 3-0 loss to Brighton.
“They will come for us from the beginning. They need a win so there’s a lot of pressure on both teams, so it’s going to be an interesting game,” said Janmaat.
“But we have to look to ourselves and we have to do what we’re good at and try to get a result. It’s going to be a tough game, Tottenham’s always a tough game, especially there at their stadium, but we have to go there and try to get a result.”
It’s been a slow start to the season for the Hornets, but Janmaat took positives from a clean sheet against Sheffield United and knows taking that confidence into the Spurs match is key.
“You always want to be high in confidence, you know if you’re high in confidence you get a bit more luck, you play maybe a bit better. We have to go there without any fear, we have to go there with confidence,” said the right-back.
“We have to be in confidence as much as we can and it’s important to have a good start, stay in the game and from then anything can happen. We know they’re under pressure as well, they have to come and they have to win, so I think it will be an interesting game.”
Sánchez Flores has stressed the importance of team cohesion in recent weeks, of defending from the front and starting attacks from the back, and he is clearly drilling his ethos into his players, as Janmaat echoed his thoughts.
“The defence starts up front and everyone has to help each other, we have to stick together. You defend as a team and you attack as well as a team,” said the 30-year-old.
“We have to make sure everything is good between each other, we have to train at how we want to play and I believe that if we get a result it will boost the confidence. It will make it easier to play in the next couple of games and we will show more quality as well.”