As confidence continues to grow within the Tottenham squad, Brad Friedel revealed how he and his teammates were quietly confident of beating bitter rivals Arsenal in Sunday's north London derby.
After a disappointing start to the 2011-12 campaign with back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Manchester City, Spurs are now starting to build momentum.
And the 40-year-old American stopper pointed to a run of four consecutive victories in the Barclays Premier League as the main reason behind the positive outlook, which has resulted in an upturn in form.
"We've got a little bit of confidence now," Friedel told Radio 5 Live. "We feel we can play and win against anybody that's put in front of us. That's what happens when you start winning football matches.
"And not just winning football matches, I think some of our performances of late have been very strong as well.
"We went into the game [against Arsenal] very confident, we know obviously how much it means to us and our fans and the board, and everyone affiliated with Spurs, and we were quietly confident going into the match, sure."
Friedel also reserved praise for the impact made by Emmanuel Adebayor since his arrival at White Hart Lane, having scored three goals for Spurs, and also playing a part in Rafael Van der Vaart's opener at the weekend.
"He's a really, really nice fella to be honest with you, and he is relaxed, but he's trained ever so hard since he's come to the club and he's always got a smile on his face," he continued.
"You can play against players and you can hear about what players are like but until you train with them day in, day out you don't know what they're like, and he is a very talented footballer and a very nice man at that.
"He's been working ever so hard, and what a good signing he's been so far. I'm sure he's going to continue to be a good player for Tottenham."
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