Erik Lamela on his desire to play Champions League football with Tottenham Hotspur

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Erik Lamela has been one of Tottenham Hotspur's top performers throughout the campaign so far.

Erik Lamela has told the London Evening Standard that he has had a ‘great desire’ to play in the Champions League ever since joining Tottenham Hotspur.

The Argentine winger moved to White Hart Lane back in 2013 from Roma, but he has been unable to help the Lilywhites break into the Premier League's top four as yet.

This season, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have looked very strong – and there are high hopes that they may be able to quality for Europe’s premier club competition.

And Lamela said: “I’ve had a great desire to play in the Champions League, ever since I got here. This year we are closer than in other years. At certain times you can see we are a team who can get into the top four but we need to carry on working.

“We are getting better and that is important. This team is young and we have a lot of desire to improve. If you have ambition, you can achieve great things. But we have to keep winning, because Chelsea are a team who can get better in any moment.”

Lamela has taken a long time to settle at Spurs, but he seems to have found his feet now, with Pochettino giving him plenty of opportunities in which to showcase his talent.

Pochettino has been patient with Lamela, and the winger is finally starting to repay his manager’s faith.

Lamela has been one of Spurs’ most dangerous attacking players this season, and his work-rate has also impressed.

The 23-year-old’s good form has helped Spurs to climb into fifth place in the Premier League table, with Pochettino’s side currently protecting an 11-game unbeaten streak.

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