Dembele: We will take the Europa League with both hands

Following Tottenham’s 3-1 win to progress past FC Dnipro in the Europa League, midfielder Moussa Dembele is relishing the chance to win the competition.

Spurs bounced back admirably to win the tie 3-2 on aggregate at White Hart Lane on Thursday night via an opening goal from Christian Eriksen and a brace from striker Emmanuel Adebayor that sees the North Londoners progress through to the last sixteen in which they will face Portuguese giants Benfica.

Spurs have set their aim of achieving a top four finish in the Premier League this term in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League but midfielder Moussa Dembele is targeting the Europa League title this term.

"A club like Tottenham are up there with the top teams and I think they have to be in the Champions League," said Dembele.

"We want to win something, too, and if we can get the Europa League, we will take it with both hands."

This comes as Spurs legend Gary Lineker asserted his belief that his former club could really do without being in the Europa League, despite what he described on Twitter as a ‘tremendous comeback’ on Thursday.

There is, of course, some truth to that – we have seen how not playing in the Europa League has benefitted Liverpool, for example, this season but if Spurs are in it, they might as well be in it to win it, as Dembele suggests.

Making in through to the last sixteen, especially in the fashion they did in midweek, will give Tim Sherwood and his side the belief they can go all the way but, of course, the focus must now shift back to their responsibilities in the Premier League as they face Cardiff at White Hart Lane this Sunday.

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