Parker backs Tottenham to overcome past Champions League failures

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker believes the club will stay the course in the battle for a Champions League place, the Daily Mirror has reported, rather than slip up as they have in previous seasons.

Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind Arsenal in fourth, but with a game in hand on their north London rivals. Parker and his teammates were in a similar situation last season, battling Arsenal for league placings, but won only four of their final 13 games to allow the Gunners into third place – which, with Chelsea finishing sixth but winning the Champions League, was the final qualification spot for the competition.

But Parker insisted that last season’s disappointment is not a factor this year. “I think people will always ask whether we can handle the pressure and put those questions to us because of what happened in the past,” the England international said, “But I don’t think there is anything psychological happening in the changing room.

Parker also feels Tottenham have already shown their resilience this season, grabbing a late equalising goal against Wigan Athletic on Saturday and, a week earlier, scoring three times in the final stages against Manchester City to turn a potential 1-0 defeat into an emphatic 3-1 victory.

I think we are showing character. I don’t know what the stats are but apart from Man United, I think we might be one of the best teams at coming back from losing positions,” the former West Ham player added.

We have got great character and great belief here. It was massive with a couple of minutes to go to get back and we tried to nick it at the end.

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