Gallas: Spurs want to avoid Barca

Gallas was one the heroes for Spurs on Wednesday night as he

performed brilliantly at the heart of their defence as they claimed

a goalless draw with AC Milan. After a 1-0 win at the San Siro in

the first leg, courtesy of Peter Crouch’s goal, the draw was enough

for Spurs to book their place in the last eight. Spurs boss Harry

Redknapp claimed his side could make it through to the final at

Wembley on May 28, but Gallas is unsure how far the team can go in

the competition. “Nobody knows how far we can go, not even us,” he

said. “We know we have the quality to beat any team but now we have

to understand the Champions League is not easy. “All the players

now know we have the quality so we are strong. Everybody feels the

group is very strong. It’s good for the future.” After seeing

Barcelona knock out Arsenal with a football master class at the Nou

Camp on Tuesday night, Gallas admits his side will struggle to make

it to Wembley if they are paired with the Catalan giants in next

week’s draw. “I won’t say we want to play against a small team –

but we don’t want to play against Barcelona,” he added. “They are

the best team in the world.” Meanwhile, Gallas has thanked

Tottenham for giving him the chance to prove his doubters wrong

this season. Gallas was criticised by Arsenal’s fans for leaving

the Gunners for bitter rivals Spurs at the end of last season.

“When I signed, I just wanted to play football and show who I am,”

said the Frenchman. “Everybody judged me because I didn’t have a

good World Cup and I was criticised because I was injured last

year. “If I left Arsenal, it was for some reason. I won’t say why

now. The most important (thing) for me was to stay in London for my

family and to play in the Champions League – Tottenham gave me that

opportunity.” Gallas’ current deal with the club ends in the summer

but he will be offered a one-year extension if he makes 30

appearances this season. Having already turned out 27 times for

Spurs, the Frenchman looks set to be handed a new deal and he

admitted last night that he was happy with life at White Hart Lane.

“Will I be here next season? Maybe, I don’t know yet,” he said. “I

don’t know what can happen, nobody can know about the future. I’m

happy to be here, we’ll try to see if I can stay here for next

season.” Spurs keeper Heuerelho Gomes admitted the club cannot get

too carried away and need to retain their focus for the remainder

of the campaign. “It was brilliant for us, great for the club and

fans, and now we have to move on,” he said. “We have big games

coming up and we have to wait to see who we get into the

quarter-finals. It was not easy, but we deserved to win.”