Moussa Dembele: Maybe Sunderland have been warned we're good

Sunderland Stadium of Light

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder previews the club's Saturday fixture at the Stadium of Light.

"It can go both ways against Sunderland," commented Moussa Dembele on the official Tottenham Hotspur website recently.

Spurs proved last season they were a class above the Black Cats as Tottenham defeated them by two goals to one at the Stadium of Light (where Saturday's fixture takes place) and slayed them by a convincing 5-1 score at White Hart Lane.

Tradition dictates that the Lilywhites can do the same once again when the two sides collide tomorrow afternoon, however, another way the match can play out is if Sunderland took heed of the warning signs from last season and have suitably prepared to frustrate their visitors.

"Maybe they know we’re a good team and [they've been] warned but still, for us, we have to believe that last year we had two good games against them and that this year is not going to be different," the Belgium international added.

2013-14 record vs Sunderland ClubPosTouches / appsPass AccPass / appsChances Created / appsDuel Won / appsHeader Won / appsClearance / appsAppsMins
Dembele Spurs MF 72.00 92.86% 56.00 4.00 10.00 1.00 1.00 1 73

Dembele did not feature in the 5-1 victory in North London but performed admirably on the road against Sunderland last season as he received 72 touches on the football, returned a 93% passing accuracy, created four goal-scoring opportunities and won ten duels.

The talented 27-year-old therefore understands what it takes to deliver at the Stadium of Light: "We need to continue to try to do well against them.

"Our last game against Liverpool was very disappointing of course and we have to learn from that defeat. We must continue to be sharp because there are other teams that have been doing well, but if we think about the games before Liverpool where we were very good we can get back to that and continue to improve," he concluded.

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