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JD's belief

Posted on 2 March 2011  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe believes we can handle the pressure as we fight for a place in the Premier League's top four.

JD's belief

Jermain Defoe believes we can handle the pressure as we fight for a place in the Premier League's top four.

The striker currently stuck on 97 goals for the club tells March's issue of Hotspur magazine that this season's race for Champions League qualification already reminds him of last term - and to do it again 'would be special'.

Last season, we beat Manchester City to fourth thanks to a memorable win at Eastlands in the penultimate match of the campaign.

This time around we're fifth with 11 matches remaining, a point behind Chelsea and three adrift of City with a game in hand.

"It's hotting up and it reminds me of last season, to be honest," said 'JD'. "And when we were in that fourth spot, the consistency we showed was unbelievable.

"There was a lot of pressure on and we did it in the end. To do it again would be special.

"The pressure's good though, it keeps you on your toes.

"We know every game is now like a cup final. We've just got to approach it and think: 'We've got to win.' A point is not enough, we've got to get three points, and you've got to have that winning mentality.

"The top teams over the years; they've done it so we've got to be the same.

"I believe we can do that. We've got great players, a squad of internationals, players who can handle that pressure, who've played many times for their countries.

"And the team spirit's really good; I think that's important as well. When the spirit's good everyone is together, we're all fighting for each other."


Read more from Jermain in the latest Hotspur, jam-packed full of interviews over 84 pages.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto is the headline interview and front cover in the magazine that includes Peter Crouch, Luka Modric, Harry Redknapp, Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, William Gallas, Ossie Ardiles, Steven Pienaar, Bongani Khumalo, the latest on the Champions League, further reflections on the 50th anniversary of the double and much, much more - all for £3.45!


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