Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen has told the club's official website that his side are determined to make it into Europe this season.
Questions have been raised as to whether a Europa League campaign would be a help or a hindrance to Spurs' Premier League chances next season, but Eriksen insists that the Lilywhites squad are determined to get into the competition.
The Danish midfielder says that Spurs will be doing everything within their power to win their last two matches of the season, as they look to take sixth spot in the Premier League table.
“We want to finish the season really strongly and hopefully we’ll do that – especially in Saturday’s game at the Lane,” he said.
“We haven’t always done it in every home match this season, we’ve had some off games, but hopefully we’ll finish well in front of our own fans.
“We know as well that we’re coming up against a Hull team who are fighting for their lives in the Premier League so it’s a really important game for them.
“But, of course, the same goes for us as well and we are just as hungry for the points because we’ll need them to get into Europe. We are determined to win the game.”
Despite Eriksen's words, Tottenham's performances of late would suggest that they are not overly concerned about making it into the Europa League.
Their displays against the likes of Burnley, Aston Villa and Stoke City have been poor and they do not have the look of a side that is determined to make it into continental competition.
That may not be a bad thing, though. The Europa League is a lengthy tournament, one that begins in the middle of summer, and it can act as a distraction.
With Tottenham wanting to break into the top-four next term, they will need to be fully focused on hitting that target and, if that means missing avoiding midweek football in Europe, that may be a positive in the long run.