Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Roman Pavlyuchenko has claimed that he is convinced that in “England it is possible to score against any team”, while also revealing that he is “ready to play” in clashes like the last two Premier League matches against Liverpool and Arsenal “every day”.
26-year-old Pavlyuchenko scored the injury time winner for Spurs at White Hart Lane against early Premiership pacesetters Liverpool on Saturday, with the Russian International also scoring against Bolton Wanderers last weekend in Tottenham’s first win of the season, which coincided with the arrival of new manager Harry Redknapp.
However, Pavlyuchenko will have to wait until next weekend when Tottenham play Manchester City for his next game, with the former Spartak Moscow player being cup-tied for the visit of Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, but is confident that he can build on his winner against the Reds at the Eastlands on Saturday if he follows Redknapp’s instructions, who simply told him to “run about” against the Merseyside Club last time out.
“I am convinced now in England that it is possible to score against any team, you only need to work and follow the instructions of the coach," Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express.
"I am ready to play in games like that with Arsenal or Liverpool every day.
“That is real football. It is fantastic what happens in such matches in England. I feel a part of something important for everybody.
Pavlyuchenko also claims that he sensed Liverpool were there for the taking from as early as the 80th minute and applauded his team for keeping going to the end to snatch an important win.
"I noticed as early as the 80th minute that Liverpool's defenders were getting tired and losing concentration and we tried to capitalise. The fact that our team plays until the very last minute is good,” he said.
The EURO 2008 star, who came off the bench against Liverpool to score the goal that ended Rafa Benitez’s sides unbeaten run in all competitions this season has also revealed that he did not mind starting on the bench and will just work harder to make himself first choice under Redknapp.
“I was not at all upset to learn that I was not in the starting XI in the match against Liverpool,” said Pavlyuchenko.
“It is useless and even destructive to get upset in such situations. You must work harder to return.”