William Gallas has hailed Harry Redknapp as the inspiration behind Tottenham's return to prominence.
The experienced coach inherited an ailing side in 2008, but has been able to turn Spurs into a respected outfit both at home and abroad.
Qualification for the UEFA Champions League last term saw the North London outfit return to football's top table, and a 3-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Wednesday took them into the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition.
The club also remain well-placed to replicate their fourth-placed heroics of last season and French centre-half Gallas thinks Redknapp must take the credit for such a remarkable reversal in fortune.
"Maybe he has something magic, you know," said the 33-year-old, who was snapped up by Spurs as a free agent over the summer.
Gallas admits Redknapp has got the entire Spurs camp believing in themselves, with Sunday's 3-2 victory in the North London derby, achieved after falling two goals behind, proof of the club's never-say-die spirit.
"After Saturday (against Arsenal), I think the players know we can do something," he added.
"We have the quality, so what we have to understand is to believe in ourselves and go on the pitch and fight for 90 minutes."
England international Peter Crouch is another man who believes Tottenham stand on the brink of glory, having under-achieved for too long.
"Right from the start when I came to this club, I was looking round the dressing room thinking, 'how have we not achieved anything?', and I think it's only a matter of time," said the striker.
"Last season, obviously finishing fourth was a great achievement but I think we can go one better and try to win something this year."