Tottenham must challenge next season, says Friedel

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said that he would like Tottenham Hotspur to challenge for silverware next season, along with qualifying for the Champions League, a tournament that the club will not participate in for the third season in succession, Sky Sports is reporting.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side finished fifth last season, thus missing out on Champions League qualification. That was despite leading arch rivals Arsenal by a considerable margin in early March, though from then on, Spurs dropped occasional points, while the Gunners finished strongly to snatch fourth place, winning at Newcastle United on the final day.

And veteran custodian Friedel, who lost his place in the starting XI last season to France No.1 Hugo Lloris, says that securing Champions League qualification in the season ahead is achievable, declaring: “We’re all looking very positively at this season ahead. We see no reason why we can’t finish in the Champions League.

The American also believes that winning a trophy for the first time since their Carling Cup triumph under Juande Ramos in 2008, is something the club should aim for, adding: “We want to win some silverware this season. If we can become title contenders, we will try our best at that as well.

To aid his club’s push for a loftier finish, Villas-Boas has already signed Brazil midfielder Paulinho, and is also looking to bring in at least one striker, with Roberto Soldado amongst those linked.

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