Spurs can win title – Defoe

The England striker has likened the current attitude at White Hart

Lane to that of title-winning players at Manchester United. And

with Spurs having their best ever season in the top flight last

year by clinching a Champions League spot, Defoe feels it is only a

matter of time before they begin challenging for the Premier League

trophy. “The manager (Redknapp) has said there’s no reason why we

can’t win the league. If it’s not this year, then the year after,”

said the 28-year-old. “The way the league has been going, I suppose

it’s there for a lot of teams. “It’s different at Spurs now,

especially after last season. Every game we think ‘Do you know

what? We can win this’. “It is not a case of going somewhere and

thinking ‘Well, we could get a draw. That would be good enough’.

“When you look round the training ground, you think ‘Wow this is

the club’. This is where you want to be. “We are sharp, the

movement is great and the best thing is we take that into the

games. We create chances, are good to watch and you know you have

to play well to be in the team.” Ever since Defoe first trained

with the England squad, the prolific striker saw the will to win

from the Red Devils contingent that he is eager to emulate. “The

Manchester United players, the likes of Rio, Phil Neville, Gary

Neville, Becks, in little five-a-sides, they want to win every

game. And if they don’t win they are moaning. “Gary Neville never

stopped. It was amazing. We would train and in the evening they

were still talking about it. “It didn’t matter what game they were

playing in, they wanted to win. I think that’s a great thing to

have and it’s important we have that.” Defoe is back in action

following 10 weeks out with an ankle ligament injury and is keen to

announce his comeback by helping Spurs to defeat Liverpool on

Sunday. Roy Hodgson’s men are this season experiencing indifferent

form making Redknapp’s side the favourites to come away with all

three points. “That’s the standard we’ve set, especially from last

season, by finishing fourth,” Defoe added. “Not just being fourth

but having that consistency, where we were in the top four for a

lot of the time.”