Defoe talks up title challenge


Jermain Defoe believes Tottenham are very much in the title race at the midway point of the season.

Spurs currently sit third in the Barclays Premier League; just three points behind Manchester United, and six points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

The north Londoners, though, retain a game in hand on their rivals, and will have the opportunity to further close the gap when they face Everton next Wednesday in a rearranged fixture.

Defoe, meanwhile, scored the goal that beat West Brom on Tuesday night and maintained Spurs position in the upper reaches of the table.

And the England striker sees now reason why Harry Redknapp's side can't be in with a shot of lifting the title come May.

"Everyone saw the tension at our place on Tuesday," he told the official Tottenham website.

"The way that the fans, my team-mates and the manager and his staff celebrated when I got that goal and I enjoy being able to make that happen.

"That result on Tuesday shows that we are well and truly in the title race. The lads showed so much character to keep going when West Brom made it so hard for us.

"City and United know we are a threat, and with every game that we keep on winning we can put pressure on them to keep winning.

"We don't feel negative pressure. We are enjoying it. But at the same time we know that it may not come again in the way that it has. This is such a good opportunity for us. We want to take it with both hands."

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