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Brad Friedel insists it will be 'business as usual' when he prepares to face his former club Aston Villa, who arrive at White Hart Lane for Monday night's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham.

The 41-year-old old former USA international spent three successful seasons at Villa Park before joining Spurs in the summer, and the in-form stopper has nothing but praise for his old employers.

"They are a tremendous football club with a big following and the owner and chief executive are terrific people," said Friedel.

"They really went for it over the time I was there, trying to get into the Champions League spots and brought some tremendous players into the squad.

"Everyone can see how good a player Stilyan Petrov is; they have a very good goalkeeper in Shay Given; one of the best centre-back pairings in the league in Richard Dunne and James Collins; Gabby Agbonlahor is playing exceptionally well, while Emile Heskey always puts a shift in and makes it difficult for defenders.

"They also have some talented youngsters such as Marc Albrighton, Chris Herd and Barry Bannan."

Friedel realises the difficult task Spurs will face against a side that have lost just twice so far this term, but he has every faith that the players have what it takes to record another victory.

"Obviously it will be nice to see some friendly faces in the opposition dressing room," he continued. "But once the whistle blows I'll just be concentrating on trying to help us to win the game.

"This will be a very difficult match for us, they like to play football but so do we, so it could be entertaining."

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