Tottenham players feeling Champions League tension, admits Dempsey

Clint Dempsey has revealed his Tottenham Hotspur teammates are feeling the pressure of competing for a Champions League place and concedes it may be starting to show on the field, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Tottenham took an early lead in their Sunday draw with Everton, Emmanuel Adebayor netting after little more than 30 seconds, but David Moyes’ side fought back to take the lead until a late Gylfi Sigurdsson equaliser split the points between the two top four hopefuls.

Spurs were only recently seven points clear of Arsenal, the Telegraph notes, but could be seven points behind the Gunners when they next play a Premier League fixture, and Tottenham have not won any of their last three home games – losing to Fulham and drawing with Basle and Everton.

Dempsey believes the supporters are feeling nervous, and that their mindset may be affecting the players. “It’s been tense,” the United States international admitted. “ I’ve felt like that’s kind of what the atmosphere’s been. That’s the way it’s been the last few games.

I don’t know [if it has affected the players]. It’s something that’s been there. It’s been noticeable in the last three home games.

Dempsey admitted that he is finding the end of the season to be stressful – but that it’s a good kind of stress, as Arsenal rediscover their form ahead of the end of the season. The midfielder also praised his teammates for snatching a draw from their game against Everton, a match that if the Toffees had won, would have put them firmly in the mix for next season’s Champions League.

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