Friedel plea for calm after Spurs slump

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Brad Friedel has urged his Tottenham team-mates not to panic in the race for a top four finish, with a trip to rivals Chelsea on the cards this weekend.


Spurs have stuttered badly recently after putting themselves in the position to challenge for the Premier League title at one point, losing three games on the bounce and stuttering to a draw with Stoke on Wednesday.


That poor run has allowed Arsenal to leap-frog them into third place as a ten point difference in Tottenham’s favour was converted into a one point advantage for Arsene Wenger’s men.


Now with Harry Redknapp’s side looking vulnerable in fourth place and just five points separating them from Chelsea ahead of the two team’s game on Saturday, Friedel insists they must start enjoying their football once more in order to get back to winning ways.


"I don't think it's about holding your nerve," Friedel told The Guardian. "I think it's about going out and enjoying yourself and expressing yourself, because those are the types of players we have.


“We'll continue what we've been doing all season long. We've been playing, by and large, good football without getting the results we want so you can't hold your heads.


“We're not over-reacting. We're not concerned at all [about Arsenal]. We'll get prepared for Chelsea and we will go into the Chelsea game very confident, expecting to get a good result. We'll see where we are the end of the season."


Redknapp has maintained throughout his side’s poor run that their performances have warranted more, a sentiment that Friedel agrees with.


"If you look at the last four results, only one of those wasn't a Tottenham performance and that was Arsenal away," Friedel said.


"It's definitely not doom and gloom. It's definitely not a pressure situation where the lads are losing confidence and things like that. I've seen that many times and that's not what's happening right now."


Tottenham go into the game unable to call upon the services of Aaron Lennon, while Emmanuel Adebayor remains a doubt.

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