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Make or break time for Spurs - Defoe
Published : 09 Apr 2010 09:35:00
Jermain Defoe admits Tottenham have reached make-or-break point in their season ahead of a crucial four days for the Champions League hopefuls. Spurs take on Pompey in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday and then Harry Redknapp's side host north London derby rivals Arsenal on Wednesday in the Premier League. Tottenham are eager to win the cup, but are also desperate to finish fourth in the league in order to secure a place in next season's Champions League. Defoe is aware of the significance of the coming fixtures, particularly the meeting with financially-stricken Portsmouth, who he left in 2009 under somewhat of a cloud to remain in the bad books of fans at Fratton Park. The England striker said in the Daily Mirror: "The next two games will define the remainder of the season for my Tottenham side." Defoe has since been joined by the likes of former Portsmouth players Peter Crouch, Niko Kranjcar and Younes Kaboul under ex-Pompey boss Redknapp at Spurs, but he hopes South Coast animosity will be calmed by memories of FA Cup glory in 2008. He added: "Portsmouth, in particular, will be tough. A lot of our players will have mixed feelings about playing them again because of the divided loyalties and the situation the club is in. "I have to say that I, too, wouldn't be human if I didn't still have feelings for Pompey. "I was sold by them because of the perilous financial situation that the club was in. I had no choice in the matter. "Yet you wouldn't believe the number of abusive phone calls and messages I got from Portsmouth fans angry at the way they thought I was treating them. Some of them very, very nasty indeed. "I was shocked. I couldn't believe it, not only because of the things that they were saying but also the fact they had animosity towards me over a situation that wasn't of my making. "The truth was that my departure from Fratton Park wasn't up to me. Pompey had to cash in on me."