As Tottenham seal their place in the quarter finals of the Champions League, and Arsenal head home with their tails between their legs after a battering from Barcelona, it’s not hard for Spurs star defender William Gallas to feel like he has chosen the right side to play for.
“When I signed, I just wanted to play football and show who I am,” the French international told Goal.com.
“The most important thing in the group was to finish on top so we didn't play a big team like Barcelona. Maybe that makes a difference.”
Gallas moved from Chelsea to play with the Gunners for four years, captaining the side and wearing Dennis Bergkamp’s famous number 10 jersey. He headed for Tottenham after being released by Arsenal, making him the first player to play for all three London clubs.
The move was seen as controversial for fans, with Tottenham and Arsenal’s bitter rivalry meaning Gallas faces a fiery reception from Arsenal fans and players every time they clash.
The star defender, who snuffed out the best attempt AC Milan had on goal in a 0-0 draw that has sent Spurs through to the Champions League quarter finals, was cagey about why he left the Gunners to join their cross London rivals.
“If I left Arsenal, it was for some reason. I won't say why now. The most important [thing] for me was to stay in London for my family and to play in the Champions League – Tottenham gave me that opportunity.”
Gallas did offer condolences to Arsenal, who’s loss to Barcelona has been lauded as one of the most statistically embarrassing Champions League exits in history.
“I'm pleased we've qualified, I don't think about Arsenal. It was difficult for them, they played against the best team in the world.”
As far as Tottenham is concerned, Gallas believes they can beat any team, expect for one. “Nobody knows how far we can go, not even us.
“All the players now know we have the quality so we are strong.
“I won't say we want to play against a small team – but we don't want to play against Barcelona.”