Jermain Defoe has called for his Tottenham team-mates to emulate Manchester United’s winning mentality as Harry Redknapp’s army continue their chase for silverware. The striker, who looks set to make his first start since September in this afternoon’s clash with Liverpool, believes that he is in the right place at the right time to bring success to White Hart Lane the likes of which has not been seen in 50 years according to The Telegraph.
He said: “You have to believe you can win every game. I remember when I first got into the England squad, all my mates would ask me what it was like training. I used to tell them, ‘You know what? It’s mad’. Because the Man United players even in training and in little five-a-sides, wanted to win every game. And if they didn’t win they’re moaning and moaning, it was amazing. Sometimes they’d still be talking about it over dinner. I think that’s a great thing to have and I think it’s important that we get that.”
Dawson set for return.
Michael Dawson has returned to training to provide a welcome boost to Spurs’ campaign, according to Sky Sports.
The defender sprained medial knee and ankle ligaments on international duty against Bulgaria in early September, but is now thought to be edging towards a return to action.
Boss Redknapp has praised the player and medical staff at the club for their part in his return to fitness, saying: “It is great to have him back training. It’s the first time he has been out with us (since the injury). He’s worked with the fitness coaches who have done a good job with him.”
Gomes: We can make the final.
Heurelho Gomes believes that Spurs are capable of reaching the Champions League final following their impressive start on the European front this season. Qualification was secured on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen, and with this season’s final scheduled to be contested at Wembley Gomes can think of no bigger incentive for the players to aim for glory come May.
According to the Mail Online, the Brazilian international believes their success will lie in their ability to top their respective table. He said: “The next step is Twente first and then, of course, we need to be prepared for the next one. For the English teams, it is so special when you play at Wembley. If you want to go far, to be the best, you need to fight anyone.”