William Gallas talking up title chances

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has stated that William Gallas has been urging the club’s players to have a winning mentality, and to go for the Premier League title rather than settling for a top four place.

The north London outfit have been one of the standout performers in the country this season, and are currently in third place in the top flight; Defoe has revealed Gallas’ motivational outlook.

“When Gallas was at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, they were unbelievable,” Defoe told Mirror Football.

“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 he has done it.

“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,” he concluded.

Spurs take on Arsenal in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight

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