Carroll makes comparisons between current Spurs side and Champions League quarter-finalists of 2011

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Tom Carroll believes this is the strongest Tottenham side he has seen since his involvement with the club.

Tottenham's Tom Carroll celebrates after scoring their fourth goalTottenham's Tom Carroll claims this Spurs team is as good as he has seen 

In an exclusive interview with Tottenham Hotspur's official website, Tom Carroll has explained how he believes the current Spurs side is the best he has seen since he joined the club as an 8-year-old in 2000.

The North London outfit finished in a respectable third position in this past season's Premier League, and Carroll claims their performances were evidence of how far they have come as a team when speaking to tottenhamhotspur.com:

“I think where we are just shows how far we as a team and a club have come over the time I’ve been here.”

Fiorentina's Mauro Zarate in action with Tottenham's Tom CarrollCarroll made his first real breakthrough this season for Spurs

The 24-year-old was a peripheral figure in the Spurs first-team over the course of the 2015/16 campaign making only four Premier League starts. He did appear 15 times from the substitutes bench, however, and compared the current squad to the side who reached the Champions League quarter-finals under Harry Redknapp:

"When people talk about the good Spurs teams of the last 10 years or so, this one has got to be up there as well as the side that last played in the Champions League."

Tottenham's Tom Carroll looks dejected at the end of the matchCarroll will be looking for more involvement with the first-team next term

At 24, Carroll can no longer consider himself a young player by today's standards, so next season will be a defining one for him. The strength of Tottenham's midfield will make it incredibly hard for the Watford born midfielder to break into the first-team, so he will have to raise his already high performance levels or make a move to gain regular football.

In his six-year involvement with the first team, Carroll has made more appearances for clubs he has been at on loan than his parent club.

Tottenham's Tom Carroll acknowledges fans after the gameCarroll compared this current side to the 2011 team that reached the Champions League quarter-finals

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