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 tonight 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 said. "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 has also backed striker Emmanuel Adebayor to shine against his former club.
Sherwood said: "He's been great ever since I've come into this job."