Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Heurelho Gomes looks towards Champions League final

Heurelho Gomes is already dreaming of Wembley after helping Tottenham seal their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Wednesday night saw Spurs ensure qualification from Group A with a game to spare courtesy of a thumping 3-0 win over Werder Bremen.

This season's final will be played at Wembley and goalkeeper Gomes can think of no bigger incentive for Spurs to continue their fairytale first season in the competition.

But the Brazil international believes his side's best chance of going far in the Champions League lies in finishing top of the group.

Asked if he was already thinking of Wembley, Gomes said: "A little bit.

"The next step is Twente first and then, of course, we need to be prepared for the next one.

"For the English teams, it is so special when you play at Wembley."

Spurs have taken Europe's premier club competition by storm, scoring bucketloads of goals.

But keeping them out at the other end is Gomes' main job and he was delighted to have recorded a clean sheet on Wednesday night after Tottenham had gone 17 games without one.

"Finally!" joked the 29-year-old, who insisted he was never worried about the statistic.

"Of course not; the most important thing for me is winning.

"It's a great feeling after you keep a clean sheet but you just try to win games."

The last-16 draw could see Tottenham paired with one of the giants of European football.

But Gomes is not afraid of any of them, adding: "If you want to go far, to be the best, you need to fight anyone."

That includes in the Barclays Premier League, with Spurs hosting Liverpool on Sunday.

"It's busy, busy, busy," said Gomes, who believes he and his team-mates will carry the euphoria from Wednesday night into that match.

"It gives us a lot of confidence for another big game."

There was more good news for Tottenham yesterday after they cleared what could be the final hurdle in their bid to redevelop White Hart Lane after the London Mayor gave their plans the green light.

Boris Johnson had the power to overturn September's decision by Haringey Council to grant Spurs planning permission to build a 56,000-seater venue on the site of their current ground.

But the mayor decided to back the council, meaning the £450million project can go ahead unless the Government decides to intervene.

Press Association Sport understands that is unlikely and would mean Tottenham now need to decide whether to press ahead with what is called the Northumberland Development Project.

The club are also bidding to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, although West Ham appear to be the favourites to become the tenants at the Stratford venue.