Lewis Holtby: International break was ‘vital’ for Tottenham

Lewis Holtby believes the international break has given the Tottenham squad a much-needed boost ahead of Aston Villa trip

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Lewis Holtby joined Tottenham back in January Photo: The Sport Review

Lewis Holtby believes the international break has given the Tottenham squad a much-needed boost before turning their attentions back to club duty.

Spurs suffered a shock 3-0 defeat by West Ham United at White Hart Lane as Andre Villas-Boas’s men suffered their second Premier League loss of the season at the start of the month.

Tottenham players on duty with England, Belgium, Iceland and Romania have since enjoyed success by qualifying for the World Cup or the play-offs – and Germany Holtby feels that the break came at a good time for the north London side.

“It was vital for everyone, especially after that Russia trip [to Anji Makhachkala in the Europa League], to have a break, to go with the national teams to get some good experience like the Belgium and England lads did.

“They achieved a ticket for the World Cup, and a lot of other players won with their countries, so for everyone the confidence is very important.”

Tottenham travel to Aston Villa in their next Premier League clash on Sunday – and Holtby is looking forward to returning to the Midlands after helping Spurs to a 4-0 win in the League Cup last month.

“I’m definitely looking forward to going in that dressing room again because I’ve got good memories of it,” he continued.

“My family’s going to be there, so it’s going to be a good game to play, and I hope that I can be part of it.

“I think we’re up for it. Especially everyone who played against West Ham is definitely looking to come back from the result we had. We must keep it out of our minds, and try to get a win.”

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