William Gallas is looking for three points against his former team
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Tottenham defender William Gallas has told his team-mates to stop thinking about settling for third or fourth in the Premier League and focus only on trying to win the title.
Tottenham go into this weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal seven points adrift of Manchester City atop the table, but 10 points clear of their arch-rivals and Chelsea in the race for fourth.
Spurs have been written off for the title in many quarters of the press, but Gallas – who won the league twice while at Chelsea – has been doing his best to convince his team-mates that they still have the quality to pull off a remarkable comeback.
Striker Jermain Defoe revealed the Frenchman has drawn similarities between Harry Redknapp’s squad at White Hart Lane and the successful team Jose Mourinho built at Stamford Bridge, and has tried to convince the players to adopt the same mentality.
“When Gallas was at Chelsea under Jose 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?”
Spurs can go a long way to securing Champions League football for next season with a win over Arsenal at the weekend, but Defoe and Gallas are now viewing it as another three points to re-ignite their title push.
“William has been there and he has done it,” he added. “He told me about his time at Chelsea, where he and the other players had that arrogance in that, whoever they played against, they believed they could win.
“And he keeps saying that we need to really believe we can actually win it. Forget about finishing fourth.”