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Man City video nasty would scare Spurs stars but Sherwood eyes win to bring belief

PUBLISHED: 16:23 28 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:36 28 January 2014

Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson of Tottenham look on dejected as Manchester City celebrate after the 6-0 Premier League defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson of Tottenham look on dejected as Manchester City celebrate after the 6-0 Premier League defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes his players would be scared if they watched the video nasty of their 6-0 November thrashing by Manchester City.

But Sherwood thinks beating Premier League title hopefuls City at White Hart Lane on Wednesday would galvanise Tottenham’s charge towards a top-four finish.

The Spurs boss admitted he did not want to show his squad a rerun of their November hammering, a result that accelerated former manager Andre Villas-Boas’ exit.

“You might scare them, when you want to motivate them,” Sherwood on Tuesday. “I just think they need to use that for themselves.

“Games boil down to individual errors, decision making, and if we win enough of our personal battles out there tomorrow we’ll make a good account of ourselves.

“Anyone who finishes above Man City will win the league.

“It would be huge, huge belief if we could come out of this with three points.

“The players would know we could compete.

“In their minds they think they can, but it’s one thing thinking you can and another actually doing it.

“That’s what we’ll be telling them tomorrow.

“I trust those boys to be able to give us a positive performance and result tomorrow. So let’s go and prove we can do that.”

Sherwood feels striker Emmanuel Adebayor will be pivotal to Tottenham’s chances of securing Champions League football for next season.

Out of favour under Villas-Boas, Adebayor has been a central figure for Sherwood.

And the former Blackburn midfielder does not expect that to change.

Backing Adebayor to shine against his former club, Sherwood said: “He’s been great ever since I’ve come into this job.

“I’ve given him a platform to play and he’s not let me down.

“It looks like he’s enjoying his football and he surely will be up for this game tomorrow.

“There’s no small and big games for Ade at the moment, he seems like he’s motivated just as much for every game he plays.

“He is one of the top strikers in the Premier League in my opinion, and it’s important that we keep giving him the service.

“He relies on the other players as well, and we’re relying on him.

“So he’ll be crucial for us to get where we want to be.

“At times he can be unplayable, I think a lot of centre-backs who have marked him will tell you that on his day he can be formidable.

“And long may that continue because at the moment he’s proving very, very hard to mark.”

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