Tottenham Hotspur ensure top-four finish with big victory over Man City
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe showered praise upon his team for showing a fighting character against Manchester City in a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Tottenham Hotspur scored three goals within seven minutes to record a comeback win over the Premier League champions to strengthen their chances of finishing in the top-four this season.
Manchester City drew first blood through Samir Nasri, but goals from Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale set up Tottenham Hotspur for a memorable home victory.
“Before the game we knew it was going to be difficult, they're a great team with great players, but towards the end there was great character, it was unbelievable,” Jermain Defoe told Sky Sports 1. “We played well and everyone dug in. The finish was unbelievable.”
Jermain Defoe took only seven minutes to score a goal after a lengthy injury. The England international has been unable to cement his place in Tottenham Hotspur’s first-team, but manager Andre Villas-Boas understands his true potential.
“It was nice,” Jermain Defoe said. “As a forward, you always want to score goals. I've always said the most important thing is to get three points, but to get three points and get on the scoresheet, I'm delighted.”
Gareth Bale, who also returned from injury, put his name on the scoresheet as well. The Welsh attacking midfielder was given a central role in the first-half, but was given the license to attack after the break.
“We spoke at half-time about it,” Gareth Bale said. “They don't really play with wingers, they're quite compact in the middle, so the gaffer said at half-time there was more room outside and it proved a good move.”
Gareth Bale was the x-factor for Tottenham Hotspur once again. The 23-year-old ended the night with an assist and a goal that finished Manchester City’s hope making a comeback.
“It just gave us that bit more belief that we could go on and win it,” Gareth Bale said. “As soon as that went in it lifted us.”
Tottenham Hotspur are now only two points below Arsenal on the Premier League table. However, they have the advantage since Arsenal has played an extra game. With this victory Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of making a top-four finish have multiplied.
“It's massive,” Gareth Bale added. “The club's moving forward every year and all of us players want to be in the Champions League playing against the best week-in, week-out. We showed today that we're going to keep pushing to the end of the season to get in the top four.”