Younes Kaboul says he is seeing a different side of Tottenham, one of grit and determination; something that has been missing from Spurs for a while.
The Frenchman played a vital part in the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, a win that helped see Spurs move three points behind second placed Manchester United – a great feat after struggling to secure goals in their last few encounters.
Having seen his North London club only net three goals in four fixtures, Kaboul says it helps illustrate the need for a strong defensive unit: “Last year we lost or drew these kinds of games, which is why we finished fifth at the end of the season rather than fourth or third, so this season we don’t want to make the same mistakes.
“I suppose we are a massive team in England now. We’re playing against high-quality teams who can play football, but when they come here they just drop back, they just defend. We have to be patient and pass the ball properly and find solutions. I know it’s very hard but that’s the situation and the most important thing is to win.
“In these games you have to be patient and you have to score – that’s it – and you cannot concede a goal, which is what happened to Manchester City at Sunderland. When you attack you have to defend well too, and that’s what we did against West Brom.
“It’s a good result for us, we just have to keep this run going,” Kaboul added. “It wasn’t the best game ever but you have to win those matches, take three points and look forward to the next one. That’s the only way we will achieve something at the end of the season.”