Dempsey believes Champions’ League qualification would salvage Spurs’ season

Spurs midfielder Clint Dempsey believes that the club’s season will be a failure if they fail to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League, writes The Guardian.

Dempsey scored both of Spurs’ goals in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final with FC Basel, but the North Londoners still dropped out of the competition on a penalty shootout.

The former Fulham star claimed that the battle for fourth in the Premier League will be tight, but the difference between finishing fourth and fifth is massive.

“We’re frustrated that we’re not in the Europa League any more but we have to regroup and focus on the league,” said the 30-year-old.

“We have to make sure we finish in fourth place and make sure we’re in the Champions League [qualifying round] next year. That’s the only thing we can do to salvage this season and say that we’ve had a good year.

“It is as black and white as that because the Champions League has been the goal for the season. We wanted to go as far as we could in all of the competitions and try to win something but we haven’t been able to do that in any of the cups and so now the only thing left to play for is the Champions League.”

Spurs currently sit fourth in the league, but bitter rivals Arsenal could move ahead of them should they win their home game against struggling Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

Six games remain in the Premier League season, but Spurs have the likes of a visit from Man City and a trip to fellow Champions League chasers Chelsea still to contend with.

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