Tottenham Hotspur star Erik Lamela insists club will not settle for second place

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The Argentine has been in good form for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

This season has certainly been Erik Lamela's best in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt. The Argentine has picked up his work rate and appears to have put behind him his niggling injury problems.

His good form for Spurs has now been rewarded, after he was called up to the Argentine national team earlier in the month.

He has been speaking to the press about his call-up, and how his club form has helped him catch the eye of Tata Martino.

He is quoted by Mundo Deportivo as stating:

"One I try to do my best with my club to have more chances of being and add minutes with the selection. But above all, to help the team with what they need."

He went on to discuss his title hopes with Spurs this season. Tottenham remain in the race for the Premier League title and after going out of the Europa League v Dortmund last night they have nothing distracting them from their goal.

Lamela said of the title run-in:

"Thank God I'm feeling well, but one does not have to settle. We have to go for more and we will try to get the championship this year and, if not, striving to enter Champions League to close a good run."

"To win the title first thing we have to do is win the next game this Sunday. We must stay focused and do our best."

He was also talking about his Argentine international team-mate and best player in the world Lionel Messi.

He has been criticised recently for some poor performances with the national team. Lamela however has had some very strong words for critics of the Barcelona star:

"I do not criticize him, but those who do think they will not know much about football. We all know what plays Leo and what you can give on the pitch. It is a pleasure and a joy to play with him."

When Lamela first came through at River Plate there was the occasional comparison to a young Messi - but in adulthood it is clear to see the difference between the pair.

The Tottenham Hotspur star has an uphill task getting into the Argentina starting XI - with the likes of Messi and Angel Di Maria for competition.

Spurs fans will just hope he returns from international duty fighting fit for the title race.

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