Spurs will outshine Gunners in CL – Defoe

Spurs go into Friday’s play-off draw aiming to reach Europe’s

top-level competition for the first time since 1961, while the

Gunners share Real Madrid’s record of 10 successive participations

in the knockout stages. But Defoe in unconcerned by the burden of

history, and told the Daily Mirror: “If we can get past the

play-off qualifier, I honestly think we will go further than

Arsenal in the Champions League. “No disrespect to Arsenal, because

they have a good record in the Champions League and for them it’s

become part of the furniture, part of their regular season – it’s

the norm. “But I can’t wait to experience the buzz around White

Hart Lane on European nights, the place will be absolutely rocking.

“I do believe, if we can make that first step, that we will be

contenders. We’ve got the squad, younger players like Gareth Bale

have come on a bundle since we were last in Europe, and the gaffer

would love to show what he can do as a manager in Europe.” Spurs’

squad are not used to the increased workload of a Champions League

campaign, with the first leg of the play-off following just days

after the Premier League opener against Manchester City. “With City

first up followed by a Champions League qualifier, it feels like

the business end of our campaign might be in the first few weeks,”

Defoe continued. “It’s a tough schedule, but we will be ready for

it mentally. “Tottenham fans have been waiting forever for a team

to deliver Champions League football and we don’t want to be

one-hit wonders.”