Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has sung the praises of fellow centre back William Gallas following his brilliant display in their Champions League clash with AC Milan on Wednesday.
Gallas hooked a Robinho shot off the line and was solid as AC Milan poured forward in waves trying to find the goal that would level the tie on aggregate.
Dawson also played well in the game, but praised the Frenchman, and claimed he thought the ex Chelsea and Arsenal man could help the club realise their dream of lifting the Champions League.
“He (Gallas) is definitely one of the best defenders left in the competition; he was immense against Milan.
“He is a world class centre-half and you only have to look at the amount of trophies he has won in his career with Chelsea. And he was brilliant when he was with our rivals Arsenal. But the one thing he hasn’t won is the Champions League and he’s hoping to do that this year with Spurs – as we all are.”
Dawson has himself improved every season and put’s that down to the quality of players he partners for Spurs.
“It gives me a lot of confidence playing beside William. I’ve played beside Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate who are really top class defenders and obviously it makes your job easier when your defensive partner is on his game like William was.
“He’s been a superb signing for the gaffer. The fans love him and he deserves all the plaudits he’s receiving at the moment. He was incredible and was there at the right time to save a certain goal.”
Talking about the team effort to get through to the Champions League Quarter Finals Dawson said, “The whole team were sensational and we showed a side to us most people aren’t used to.”
“Spurs are associated with attacking football and our goals scored in the group stage confirms that. But we defended brilliantly; we didn’t plan to sit and defend. We set out to attack them as we always do. But they forced us into defending for most of the game and we dug deep and managed to get the result we all wanted.”
Talking about who they might get next in the competition he added, “I am really looking forward to the draw. Obviously everyone will say they want to avoid Barcelona, but we’re not afraid of any team and it’s just great to be involved in the draw.”
“The mood in the dressing room was incredible. It’s such a great honour to skipper these guys when Ledley isn’t captain. We’re in the quarter finals but there wasn’t any champagne or anything; we haven’t won anything yet. But it was a great atmosphere after the game.”