Klaxons: ‘Spurs beating Arsenal is as good as winning Mercury Prize’

James Righton bigs up Juande Ramos

KlaxonsJames Righton has praised the football team Tottenham Hotspur, after they beat rivals Arsenal 5-1 in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg last night (January 22).

Righton – a Spurs suppporter – told NME.COM he was thrilled with the way his team were playing these days, under new manager Juande Ramos.

The result clinched a 6-2 aggregate win for the team – they will play Everton or Chelsea in the final on February 24 at Wembley Stadium. They last won the trophy in 1999.

“It was similar to watching the time when England beat Germany 5-1 (in 2001),” he declared, after attending the game. “It had been so long since we beat Arsenal (nine years), and then to do it in style like that was just, well, it was almost as good as winning the Mercury Music Prize!

“There were bottles of champagne consumed,” he continued. “It was a great game and it’s incredible to win 5-1. Ramos is playing attacking football and we’re scoring so many goals. It’s exciting to watch. It’s the way Spurs should play.”

Despite his praise, Righton was keen to point out that he does not want to be known as a “celebrity supporter”, and simply enjoys attending matches.

“Football and music – the two worlds don’t really mix,” he said. “Especially football and indie. Football and hip-hop works, just not really football and skinny indie boys.”

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