LONDON -- Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale is adamant his side can secure a top-four finish this season, following its 4-0 demolition of Liverpool on Sunday.“There are no doubts in the changing room that we can finish top four," said Bale after the match. "We showed there today even when Liverpool had 11 men, we were attacking them."
Harry Redknapp’s side were rampant at White Hart Lane, as goals from Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and a second-half double from Emmanuel Adebayor brought Spurs its fifth victory in a row at home against the men from Merseyside.
The result leaves Tottenham three points behind the Champions League places at this early stage of the season with a game in hand - a position which Bale is confident his side can achieve come the end of the campaign.
“We showed that against Wolves last weekend and in patches against [Manchester] United and Man City. We’re all confident in there we can get in the top four and I’m sure we will," said Bale.
Last year's PFA award winner acknowledges that there will be a lot of competition to get into Europe's top tournament but stresses that if Tottenham continue to play well at White Hart Lane, the team has as good a chance as any team.
“There’s a lot of teams. I think there’s always one surprise team that’s up there, and the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, they’re always up there," explained Bale. “But it’s always good to get the first home win. Home form is important for the rest of the season, and if we win most of our games here, we’ll definitely be up there challenging.
He added, “We know it’s not going to be easy, we know it’s going to be a long hard season, and we’re prepared for it.”
Adebayor scored twice on his home debut, a feat the Togolese striker will hope will banish any animosity over his ties with arch rivals Arsenal.
The clash also saw a White Hart Lane debut for Scott Parker, and Bale was quick to praise the role of both players in Sunday’s victory.
“Adebayor played amazing and scored two goals – that’s what you ask for from your strikers. He and Defoe have struck up a good partnership and hopefully they can continue doing that,” he said.
“He’s a great character, he gets along with everybody and he’s lifted the spirits and the place. On the pitch he does what he does. He can play the ball on the floor, in the air, score goals, and that’s what we needed.
As for Parker, Bale believes the 31-year-old has asserted himself already as a leader, “Parker’s a leader, I think he shows that on the pitch. He’s quite aggressive and he plays with his heart on his sleeve. He rallies us up before games and gets us motivated. They’re two great signings for us and I think they’ve shown that on the pitch already.”
Want-away midfielder Modric bagged his first goal of the season with a sublime effort after six minutes, and the Welsh international is confident the club have moved on from the uncertainty that surrounded the Croatian midfielder's future throughout the summer transfer window.
“It was a great strike, the keeper had no chance. We created many chances like that, and for one of them to fly in to give us a good start was great, it put us on the front foot for the rest of the game," said Bale. “The gaffer and the chairman know exactly what they want the club to be doing. They’re taking us in the right direction, and they’ve made two great signing in Adebayor and Parker, and keeping Luka was massive for the club and the team.
“Modric has been fine – a true professional and great with everyone and everybody. We’re aiming to achieve things and that’s why we want our best players to stay.”