Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Silverware Will Prove Spurs to Be the Capital's No1, Says Gallas

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Silverware Will Prove Spurs to Be the Capital's No1, Says Gallas

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

WILLIAM GALLAS believes Tottenham are in position to become London's top club but accepts they need major trophies to eclipse Arsenal and Chelsea.

Since winning the FA Cup in 1991, Spurs' have won only two high-profile titles -- the League Cup in both 1999 and 2008. As long as they are not defeated by three goals or more against Inter Milan tomorrow, they will advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Gallas has also played for both Tottenham's main rivals in the capital and he sees a club with potential. "Tottenham can be the biggest club but for that they have to win some trophies and then they will start to be the biggest club in London," he said.

"We have to win some trophies, and then I think people will start to respect Tottenham more. The fans will be more proud to walk with their shirts on their backs but we need to lift trophies. It is as simple as that."

The Frenchman, 35, is not expected to be offered a new deal at White Hart Lane when his contract expires in the summer but he has been an important member of the squad since joining in 2010.

He has been a regular in Europe this season under Andre Villas-Boas and, when fit, he was also a key man for previous manager Harry Redknapp, helping the team reach the last eight of the Champions League in his first season. "Harry was more of an attacking manager, whereas AVB is more tactical," Gallas told ITV Sport.

"Before the games we have to work in training on how the opponents will play, especially when we play away from home. That is the difference. There is a little more focus on that."

Since Michael Dawson re-established himself at the heart of Tottenham's defence, Gallas has struggled for playing time, especially with Jan Vertonghen having an excellent first season in English football.

The Belgian has adapted quickly to the Premier League and has produced some powerful performances both at centre-back and left-back. …

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