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Spurs boss Sherwood: Winning teams built on partnerships

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says partnerships are crucial in successful teams.

Sherwood captained Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1995 and was a linchpin of a team who knew each other so well they could virtually play from memory.

"Partnerships are crucial," Sherwood said. "It's about appreciating players around you and being able to take responsibility and you need that all over the field. If you can keep people fit, you have continuity with players, which is very important and Liverpool have been able to do that this season.

"From the 1995 Blackburn side, there was the partnership between Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton up front but it was not the only one.

"Our left-winger Jason Wilcox had a telepathic understanding with Graeme Le Saux at left-back.

"On the other flank, it was the same between the winger Stuart Ripley and the full-back Henning Berg. I had a great relationship with both David Batty and Mark Atkins, who I played alongside in central midfield.

"I'd speak to David Batty before every game. 'You do this today; I'll do that'. We'd dovetail. Every opponent is different so you have to know how you're going to go about it."

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