Dawson: Tottenham can still make the Champions League

Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has insisted that the club are still targeting a top four place and qualification for next season’s Champions League, the London Evening Standard has reported.

The North London club were hoping to make a challenge for the Premier League title at the beginning of the season after spending over £90m in the summer, but have found themselves playing catch-up in the race to finish in the top four.

Head Coach Tim Sherwood, who replaced the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December, has overseen a slight upturn in form, but Spurs are still four points behind fourth placed Manchester City, who have two games in hand. And ahead of Saturday’s trip to leaders Chelsea, they are six points behind rivals Arsenal, who they play next.

Despite the deficit, Dawson believes that the Champions League remains a realistic target. He said: “We have had to show a lot of character this season. To concede six at Manchester City, five against Liverpool and then five against City at home was a massive blow. Those performances were not good enough.

‘We had to deal with a managerial change but we have shown a lot of character and spirit to come back and be in the position we are in. We could have lied down and felt sorry for ourselves but we stuck together and are still right in the mix.

“We need them (the teams above) to slip up and then take advantage when they do that,” he said. “I do not care whoever drops out, as long as we are in at the end of the season.”

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