Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor admits tonight's Barclays Premier League clash against Chelsea could be crucial in their pursuit of the top two.
Harry Redknapp's side sit ten points behind leaders Manchester City and eight behind United in second-place, but with two games in-hand, Spurs can close the gap significantly during the festive period.
The first of those comes tonight, with Andre Villas-Boas' Blues visiting White Hart Lane on the back of a disappointing draw at Wigan, and the importance of the match isn't lost on Adebayor, whose on loan in north London from the Citizens.
“It’s third against fourth, a tough game, but we want to win and to close the gap on the Manchester teams,” said the Togolese international, who is hoping to be fit for the game despite suffering from a foot injury picked up in the win over Sunderland.
“It’s an important game, an important three points to take and we’ll give everything to do that. These are the games you want to play in.”
With games set to come thick and fast over the festive period, Spurs' squad strength could be crucial over the coming month.
It's an area which midfielder Scott Parker believes his side have an edge over most teams though, and could prove to be crucial in the race to beat the likes of Chelsea to a top four spot at the very least.
"We’ve got quality in the squad, and proved it again with Pavlyuchenko's lovely finish. I thought he looked sharp and a threat. He always looks like he can score a goal,” said the England international in reference to his Russian teammate.
“It’s a big game for us, Chelsea, a derby and a very good side. We’ll have to come out firing and we’ll be looking to win again.”