Holtby backs Tottenham to beat Chelsea and reach Champions League
Thursday 26 September 2013
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby believes his team can beat Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, the Daily Mirror has reported, and the Germany international feels victory in the London derby will keep the Lilywhites on course for a Champions League place.
Spurs are currently second in the early league table, level on points with leaders Arsenal but behind their north London rivals on goal difference, and Holtby feels that a win against the Blues at White Hart Lane will prove crucial in helping Andre Villas-Boas’ side maintain their lofty league position as the season goes on.
“Absolutely, especially for ourselves. It is very important to win a big game like that to stay up top and give us the confidence we need for the rest of the season,” Holtby said. If we keep producing things like we have done in the last couple weeks then we have big things to do.
“We are aiming for very high things,” Holtby continued. “We want to get in the top four, we want to play Champions League. That is the main aim.”
The former Schalke player was part of the Tottenham side that romped into the next round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park, setting up a meeting with Hull, with Holtby creating three of Spurs’ four goals in the Midlands.
But despite his display against Villa - and his part in creating Tottenham’s late winner against Cardiff City on Sunday - Holtby is not guaranteed a place in Villas-Boas’ XI when Chelsea cross the capital. This, Holtby says, is not a problem, as the competition for places will produce better performances and he is willing to bide his time.
“I know Tottenham are going to do something big and I know they are going to have a really good, strong squad and I wanted to be part of that,” Holtby said. “Tottenham is going places and I'm happy to be part of it. I'm 23, I'm still young, I'm learning and progressing.
“I wanted to come here. I wanted to have this challenge. I have to show when I get the opportunity that I can produce something. If I keep working hard and putting on pressure it is going to be a very tough decision but we have so many games.”
He continued: “You have to be prepared and up for it. Bayern Munich are the same, they are always patient, they all work for the team - and that's how I see it here.”
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