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Ledley: Confidence growing

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ledley King believes confidence is building within the squad as the new season nears.

The big kick-off is just under two weeks away now - with a trip to Fratton Park, Portsmouth in the offing for us - and the skipper feels victory in the Peace Cup provided a major morale boost for the players ahead of the campaign.

"You get more confident with the more games you play, the more you train and the fitter you get," reasoned Ledley. "You feel better about yourself and look forward to the season.

"It was a good experience in South Korea and offered a good chance for the new lads to fit in. The team spirit was great out there and I think that was what won it for us. We are a young group and we really dug deep together - it was great to win it.

"You look at a team like Lyon and know how well they have done in the Champions League. Beating them is a great achievement for us, it was a chance for us to see what kind of level we are at. Obviously it is pre-season and we won't be getting too excited but I think it was a good confidence booster for us."

For Ledley it was a first trophy for him to lift on behalf of the squad following a competition, the second this summer...

"We won one in Mauritius, which was a nice one too - so we are on a roll now! It was a good tournament with a lot of good sides and we are very happy to have come out on top.

"We are going to take this into the season with us, the confidence that we can compete against the likes of Lyon.

"The new lads have settled in and had the chance to play as well - it has been a great experience for us all."

One of the new boys, Wayne Routledge, particularly caught the eye and Ledley suspects his ability to shield the ball will be a welcome bonus for the defenders.

"We have all seen him in the Premiership before. He has great feet, is quick and can hold the ball for us when we need a break - he did really well on the trip."