King: Spurs won’t choke in Champions League pursuit

Ledley King has insisted that Spurs will not choke in their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League qualification as they did last year, reports The Sun.

The former Spurs defender retired from the game through injury last July, just after their failed effort to reach Europe’s top club competition last year. He has stayed on at White Hart Lane as a club ambassador.

They managed to finish fourth last season, but with Chelsea winning the Champions League itself this condemned Spurs to Europa League football this term.

Poor form at the end of the season had seen them win just four of their final 13 games – and so while final position wasn’t a problem for qualification, had they performed better and finished third they would have been permitted to enter the tournament.

King said: “Obviously we managed to finish in the top four last season, but we had a bit of a bad spell and managed to scrape through in the end. I think the team has learned from last season’s mistakes and we can’t afford to go on the run like we did last season.

“And I’m pretty sure the group of players there will not let that happen. So I’m pretty confident that from now to the end of the season we will treat every game like a final and grab the top four spots.”

With no English teams left in the Champions League this season, fourth place would be enough to ensure participation in the tournament, albeit through qualifying rounds.

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