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Saturday, 25 February 2012

"He tells us to think, first and foremost, about finishing top"

Tomorrow. I'm still no closer to deciding whether I'm dreading or excited for tomorrow, I think anxious would be the correct term. In the past, the most I found myself hoping for was stealing a draw from the familiar jaws of defeat or atleast giving Arsenal a game. It wasn't just the players, it was also us as Spurs fans that succumbed to the psychological barrier of actually seeing us pick up three points against Arsenal. I could never realistically picture it.

William Gallas is one to have got around a bit. He loves his London clubs and evidently boasts a winners mentality having experienced success prior to his move to Spurs. I still feel he was one of the underlying reasons we came out on top at the Emirates last season. Gallas has had to spend the majority of this season in the treatment room but is ensuring his influence on the side is still as effective off the pitch just as it is on it.

"When Gallas was at Chelsea under Mourinho, they were unbelievable" Defoe told The Mirror. "They didn't lose a game at home because they had that rock-solid belief.

"He passes that all on to us and tells us to stop settling for fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, like we did two years ago.

"He tells us to think, first and foremost, about finishing top. Hopefully the top two will slip up. You never know what will happen between now and the end of the season.

"The other day, I was having a conversation with him and he was saying that he doesn't understand anyone within the squad who thinks we can finish fourth or even third

"If you look at the players we have got, the way we play and where we are in the league now, why can't we win it?

"William has been there and done it. He told me about his time at Chelsea where he and the other players had the arrogance in that, whoever they played against, they believed they could win.

"And he keeps saying that we need to believe we can actually win it. Forget about finishing fourth."

There's no argument with that attitude. It's hard, as just one fan in particular, to not let past disappointment's haunt away the optimism about the future. Finishing third this season and keeping hold of key players may tempt me to believe we could win it next year but I feel this season has come around to soon. The chase is the great bit about it. That underdog status continues to push us. Win tomorrow and it opens up a 13 point point gap. Nothing is guaranteed in football and as long as we keep a sustainably wide margin from 5th spot then I'm content.

Yesterday's Arsenal preview "Anxious?" can be read HERE including Cringe of the week.


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