Spurs star: Why I disagree with Arsene Wenger and his ‘five trophies’ theory

11:57 29 October 2012

William Gallas

William Gallas

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William Gallas has rejected his former manager Arsene Wenger’s assertion that there are five trophies up for grabs – including qualification for the Champions League.

Speaking at Arsenal’s Annual General Meeting last week, Wenger said: “For me, there are five trophies – the first is to win the Premier League, the second is to win the Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is to win the FA Cup and the fifth is to win the League Cup.”

However, ex-Gunners defender Gallas disagrees with that theory – and the defender is intent on securing Tottenham’s first silverware since 2008.

“A trophy is something you lift at the end of the season,” said Gallas. “I know which feeling you can have if you lift a trophy – it’s fantastic and it doesn’t happen many times in your career.

“For me, to finish second or fourth, it’s the same - but if you finish on top and if you’re the champion it’s completely different. For a few months you think you are the best team, the best players, you are so happy.

“To lift a trophy, that is the real thing to do. It’s a long time since Tottenham won a trophy. I don’t know which one we’re going to lift but we want to lift one. Any one will be good.”

Spurs’ bid for cup glory will continue on Wednesday night when they travel to Norwich in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, and Andre Villas-Boas has also made the Europa League a priority.

Meanwhile, the Lilywhites are sitting in the top four of the Premier League following yesterday’s 2-1 victory at Southampton.

Gareth Bale headed home against his former club and Clint Dempsey doubled the advantage to give the visitors a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.

But they had to battle for the victory in the second half after a much-improved performance from the Saints, and Jay Rodriguez’s 66th-minute strike set up a nervy climax.

“We played very well in the first half. We were 2-0 up and when we went onto the pitch for the second half we wanted to score that goal third goal,” said Gallas.

“But that didn’t happen and we made some mistakes and we conceded one goal and it was very difficult to defend until the end of the game.

“After the draw [with Maribor] and the loss against Chelsea it was very important for us to win.

“After the two goals Southampton conceded they were in trouble, but they came back in the second half. They pressed very high and we didn’t keep the ball very well and we put ourselves under pressure.

“You have to win that type of game, even if you play away, and with the way we played in the first half we deserved to win it. We still have to carry on because we want to finish well this season.

“We have won this game, but we have to play away against Norwich in the next game so it will be a difficult match again, and then we have to receive Wigan so we don’t have much time.

“We just want to be in the top four, and at the moment that’s where we are so it’s good, but we will see at the end of the season if we will finish on top or not.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

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