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Spirit key for JJ

Posted on 24 November 2010  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas believes our famous victory at Arsenal on Saturday will spur us on in tonight's Champions League crunch match with Werder Bremen at the Lane.

Spirit key for JJ

Jermaine Jenas believes our famous victory at Arsenal on Saturday will spur us on in tonight's Champions League crunch match with Werder Bremen at the Lane.

The midfielder believes our comeback from 4-0 down against European Champions Inter Milan at the San Siro last month inspired victory against the same team in our last outing in this competition on November 2.

And he hopes coming from 2-0 down to win against our arch rivals will have a similar impact against the Germans.

JJ feels recent form shows the belief that exists within the team and insists this is a valuable asset as we look to secure qualification for the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition.

He said: "It was a very good, high profile victory at the weekend. This is another game. If we win it, we go through. So it's huge. It would be good to follow up a good win with another one.

"We took a lot from the San Siro and brought it back, especially for the second game at the Lane. We used that and beat the European champions.

"It will be the same from Saturday. Coming back from two down at the Emirates is not easy, especially in a local derby. You take confidence from it. You try and use it whenever you can. Hopefully we'll do that.

"When we find ourselves in a very tough spot, Saturday for example, we can look at each other and go back to that game or other games where we came out on top from a very difficult position - and use that experience to our advantage."

But JJ knows our spirit will be given a stern test tonight against a Bremen side who showed similar determination to overturn a two-goal deficit against us in Germany on Matchday 1.

He added: "We are expecting a tough game. They got beaten by Schalke and Stuttgart recently but in the first game we were 2-0 up and dictated the play and they came out in the second half with a completely different mindset and made lives very difficult for us.

"In the end we were very happy to come away with a draw. On their day they are a very tough side. There are no easy games in the Champions League."

However, JJ is fully focused on helping the team claim the three points they need from this game to take us through to the big time of the Champions League knockout stages - an achievement he feels could be a positive influence on the rest of our season.

"With such a busy schedule coming up through Christmas, if we can get through it would be a bit of a weight off our shoulders. We can put the Champions League aside a bit. It would be nice to go through and concentrate on the Premier League over Christmas."