Dawson reveals Tottenham's ambitious aims...but are they realistic?

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Tottenham Hotspur's club captain has said that expectations around Spurs are high, as they target Champions League qualification.

Tottenham Hostpur club captain Michael Dawson has revealed thatn the club are aiming for a top-four finish in Mauricio Pochettino's first season at the club.

Spurs appointed the former Southampton boss last week and it has given the club renewed optimism that they can breach the gap to the top four.

Pochettino impressed in his first spell as a manager in the Premier League – transforming Southampton from relegation strugglers into a side that played with a style of football that was envious for the majority of the division.

The Saints got to eighth position in England’s top division last year – their best ever Premier League finish – and, as such, much interest has inevitably been shown in their players – with most of their stars seemingly destined to leave St. Mary’s this summer.

The Argentine was also the subject of a move and after joining Spurs it appears he has set out some ambitious aims for the upcoming season.

"The expectations are high and the players want to achieve them,” Dawson said to TalkSPORT.

“We want to be in the top-four and hopefully next year we'll have another push."

If Spurs are to finish in a Champions League squad then they will need to make a marked improvement on their displays last season.

Tottenham were shown up far too often and, despite having a squad that possesses a lot of quality, never really played to their maximum potential.

Former boss Tim Sherwood questioned the players’ attitudes, but they weren’t helped by the lack of philosophy that was evident at White Hart Lane last season.

That will change under Pochettino, who is likely to ensure the side play patient, possession football while insisting they press high up the pitch and work hard for each other.

He will also need to ensure that he gets the best out of some of their higher profile players. The likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela have all proven their quality at the highest level across Europe, but didn’t show any sort of form to justify their price-tags, after Spurs bought the trio in over the summer to compensate for the loss of Gareth Bale.

Pochettino must also deal with the fact that the Premier League is looking as strong as ever next season.

Breaking into the top four will be a really tough task with the usual suspects Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all likely to be competing for the title again.

Furthermore Manchester United are seemingly on the up again after appointing Louis Van Gaal and Liverpool will be determined not to let their top-four spot slip after finally reclaiming it this year.

Spurs will also be rivalled by Everton, as they look to qualify for Europe’s premier competition and it means that seven sides will be going for four spots.

If Tottenham are to get one of them than Pochettino must ensure that a side that are used to failure start showing a winning mentality and instil a belief in that squad that has been lacking for too long now.

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