Defoe concentrating on ‘do or die’ London derby

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe says the pressure will be on both Spurs and Chelsea in Saturday’s London derby as the two face off at Stamford Bridge.

"It's a massive game," Defoe told the club's official website.

"I think they have picked it up from their little dip in form but we always play well against the top teams and I think we are good enough to go there and win.

"We are all looking forward to it and I'm sure that all the lads are confident that we can do it.

"Every game is like a cup final so we have to just approach every game thinking we can win it.”


Tottenham are aiming to steal a Champions League spot for the second time in the club’s history, and while they are currently in fifth place with four games to play, they are only four points adrift from fourth placed Manchester City, and the two will play each other once more before the season ends.

"Last season it was tight but we did it,” Defoe said of Champions League qualification.

“We just picked up at the right time in the last few games. We have some big games coming up against top sides again this year so let's just see what happens."

Belief is always a big part of a football team’s motivation, and Defoe believes that Tottenham have the mental capacity to achieve their goal of Champions League qualification this season.

"We all think we can get fourth," Defoe said.

"This season has been special for everyone at the club.

"We have shown that we have good enough players to compete at that level.

"I missed a lot of the games through injury so for me I'm desperate to play Champions League again. It's the best competition in the world."

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