Lewis Holtby: Tottenham can win silverware this season

The Germany international has stated that the north London side are on the up, and that challenging for major honours is the club’s goal this term.

Tottenham’s strong start to the new season continued on Tuesday night with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup. One of the chief protagonists in the side’s victory was Lewis Holtby, who is starting to show his potential at the north London club.

The Germany international has admitted that there is a buzz around White Hart Lane at the moment, and that he feels that Tottenham are in contention to win a major trophy this term.

"Silverware is silverware. There's four cups to play for and you want to win all of them," the former Schalke man stated.

"If you want to go to the top as a professional footballer you try to win every game and you try to win every trophy.

“That's what we are trying to do and we just have to work like we have as a team the last couple of weeks. We have a big chance of winning something but it is a very long season."

With seven new international signings over the summer, many are suggesting that Tottenham are ready to put in a challenge for the title. A home game against Chelsea on Saturday will put Spurs’ credentials to the test according to Holtby.

“I don't want to put that word [title] in the mouth but we are aiming for very high things,” he admitted.

“We want to get in the top four, we want to play Champions League. That is the main aim. I think we have the squad to do that, the quality and depth as well.

"It's early in the season. Unfortunately we lost the derby but we did the job in winning against the teams beneath us. We have to keep that up. Especially against Chelsea in the London derby, it is very important to win a big game like that to stay up top and give us the confidence we need."

Holtby has found himself behind Christian Eriksen in the pecking order for a number ten spot in Andre Villas-Boas’ starting XI, but is relishing the immense competition for places.

"I get on with Christian very well. Off the pitch we do a lot of things," said Holtby.

"I wanted to come here. I could have stayed at Schalke, I could have played there all the time. But I wanted this challenge and to fulfil my dream of playing in the Premier League for a top, top club.

“Tottenham is going places and I'm happy to be part of it. I'm 23, I'm still young, I'm learning and progressing. And if I keep that momentum up, which I am doing right now, then I will get my chance to play, for sure.”

Holtby will surely be in Villas-Boas’ thoughts for inclusion in his side to face Chelsea on Saturday after good early season form. If the German’s statement claiming that Spurs are ready to contest for honours is to be vindicated, the hosts need to prove they are up to the task with a positive showing and result against the Blues on home soil.

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