Jens Lehmann admits wanting to see 'great club' Tottenham achieve biggest target

Jens Lehmann says he wants Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League.

Former Arsenal star Jens Lehmann has been quoted by Four Four Two as saying that he wants to see Tottenham qualify for the Champions League.

The German goalkeeper was a key part of the Arsenal Invincibles side which won the Premier League title in 2003/04 without losing a game, and helped the Gunners dominate North London with a host of victories over Tottenham.

On Wednesday, the two rivals lock horns for the first time this season, with a Capital One Cup tie bringing the two teams together for a fierce encounter at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal have regularly come out on top against Spurs during Arsene Wenger's reign, but two successive defeats for the Gunners coupled with two wins in a row for Spurs has many believing that Mauricio Pochettino's men will run out winners.

Ultimately though, the goal for Spurs is to qualify for the Champions League again, which requires a top four finish - something Spurs haven't done since the 2009/10 season.

Intriguingly, Lehmann is now quoted by Four Four Two as saying that he would like to see Tottenham qualify for the Champions League - and potentially set up encounters with Arsenal in the process.

"I think Tottenham is a great club – it is traditional, historic," said Lehmann. "But it was always missing the last bit to break into the dominance of the top four clubs. They are always trying every year and I would like them to qualify for the Champions League. Why should Manchester City or whoever else always qualify for the Champions League?"

"Of course I wish it more to Arsenal [that qualifies] but next year I could see a game between Arsenal and Tottenham in a Champions League semi-final or quarter-final. Why not? It would be great," he added.

Arsenal are top four mainstays under Wenger, but fans are now desperate to see their side launch a pursuit for the Premier League title - something the Gunners haven't won since 2004.

The aims are slightly different down the road at Tottenham, but with a new stadium on the way, a bright young manager and a crop of talented young players, Spurs appear to be heading in the right direction - and whilst a top four place may be difficult to attain this season, chairman Daniel Levy will be hoping that his side can surprise teams and claim a shock Champions League place this term.

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