Defoe can see Tottenham performing better than Arsenal in Europe

Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe is confident the club will go further in the Champions League this season than fierce rivals Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe is confident the club will go further in the Champions League this season than fierce rivals Arsenal.

Spurs managed a top-four finish last term, enabling them to compete in Europe’s premier club competition and Defoe believes they can achieve more than the Gunners in the tournament.

“If we can get past the play-off qualifier, I honestly think we will go further in the Champions League than Arsenal,” he said.

“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.

“Harry was the top English manager in the Premier League last season, and there’s no reason why he can’t be successful in the Champions League.”

 
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