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Tottenham midfielder Stambouli: What Dad said after Man Utd game...

Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli was thrilled to face Manchester United on Sunday.

After his first league start on Boxing Day, Stambouli was given the task of marking Wayne Rooney in the goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

"I had never played at midday in my life," he told L'Equipe. "You eat pasta at 9am. It is a bit special. I took vitamin C tablets to wake me up. But emotionally, it was magnificent.

"My father was happy: 'Do you realise? You are alongside Mata, Rooney, Van Persie...'

"I am usually on holiday at this time of the year. Now I am playing against world-class players. I had only played against them on Playstation. It is this kind of match which makes you realise that it is on another level."

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