Defoe: We can win at the Bridge

Tottenham’s hopes of bringing another enthralling season of

Champions League football to White Hart Lane look to be fading

after they drew with West Brom and Manchester City beat Blackburn

on Monday night. Roberto Mancini’s men now hold a four-point lead

over their closest rivals for fourth while a resurgent Liverpool

trail Spurs by just three points, although they have played one

game more than the Londoners. To make matters worse, Harry

Redknapp’s men face a tough run-in that includes games against City

and Liverpool as well as Saturday’s London derby at Stamford

Bridge. Spurs have not won at Chelsea for 21 years and face a team

looking to keep their slim title hopes alive, but Defoe sees no

reason why he and his team-mates cannot pull of a shock. “It’s a

massive game,” Defoe told Tottenham’s website. “I think they have

picked it up from their little dip in form but we always play well

against the top teams and I think we are good enough to go there

and win. “We are all looking forward to it and I’m sure that all

the lads are confident that we can do it.” Defoe finally ended a

month-long wait to score his 100th club goal last weekend. Simon

Cox’s late equaliser left a bitter taste in the 28-year-old’s

mouth, but he thinks he will be playing Champions League football

with Tottenham next year so long as his team-mates treat each of

their remaining games as a must-win fixture. “Every game is like a

cup final so we have to just approach every game thinking we can

win it,” Defoe added. “Last season it was tight but we did it. We

just picked up at the right time in the last few games. We have

some big games coming up against top sides again this year so let’s

just see what happens.” After rubbing shoulders with the likes of

Inter Milan, AC Milan and Real Madrid this year, Defoe thinks that

Tottenham deserve to be in the top four and believes there is a

strong sense of belief within the camp that they can do it. “We all

think we can get fourth,” Defoe said. “This season has been special

for everyone at the club. “We have shown that we have good enough

players to compete at that level. “I missed a lot of the games

through injury so for me I’m desperate to play Champions League

again. It’s the best competition in the world.”