Gallas giving Spurs belief

Defoe salutes team-mate's impact ahead of derby date

William Gallas: Veteran defender is giving Spurs added belief, says Jermain Defoe

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William Gallas is backing Tottenham to snatch the title from under the noses of their Manchester rivals, according to team-mate Jermain Defoe.

The north London side sit comfortably in third place, just five points behind defending champions United and seven behind leaders City.

The veteran Frenchman knows what it takes to be crowned Premier League kings having won the title with Chelsea under current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

And while some at Spurs have been playing down their title hopes in recent weeks, Defoe admits Gallas has been telling everyone in the dressing room they have the makings of champions.

Defoe said: "When Gallas was at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, they were unbelievable.

"They didn't lose a game at home because they had that rock-solid belief.

Finishing top

"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."