Tottenham star issues Champions League challenge to teammates

Benjamin Stambouli has urged his teammates not to let their season crumble over the final stretch of Premier League fixtures.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has called on the squad to band together between now and the end of the season in their bid to achieve a top-four Premier League finish.

Tottenham host Swansea tomorrow night in the first of their final 12 top-flight fixtures, and Stambouli has told the club’s official website that the team can’t let their recent cup disappointment derail their season..

After getting knocked out of the Europa League’s round of 32 at Fiorentina, Spurs saw another bid for silverware end on the weekend in the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea, but the Frenchman insists Champions League qualification is still in reach.

“Every game is important – we have 12 matches left and every single one is key,” he said. “We have some good targets to aim for in the Premier League and we have to move forward with our heads up.

“What’s important is to have a good mentality and a strong will to win. We need to be aggressive in a good way. If we put all of these factors together – focus, a good mentality, positivity – then we will win. We have to be focused on ourselves.”

On the Swansea clash, Stambouli added: It will be a tough game. We will play our football and with our fans behind us we will try to beat them at White Hart Lane.

“We are confident, we know our job and we will do it.”

Tottenham sit seventh in the Premier League table at present, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand, and with Liverpool and Southampton in between them in fifth and sixth.

Their remaining 12 matches also see them travel to both United and Southampton, in two encounters which should prove pivotal towards deciding whether Mauricio Pochettino’s will compete with Europe’s elite next season.

With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb forming a solid midfield partnership, Stambouli himself isn’t likely to feature much during the final run in, but Spurs at least know that there is a capable replacement waiting on the bench to be called upon if needed.

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