Spurs finally return to football's top table after a long wait.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen applauds fans after the game
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has suggested that Spurs have what it takes to compete in the Champions League next season, in an interview on the club’s official site.
The Lilywhites will return to Europe’s premier competition for the first time since a Gareth Bale inspired run led them to the quarter-finals in 2011, and Eriksen is confident they can make the grade.
Inter Milan's Maicon looks dejected as Tottenham's Gareth Bale (L) walks past
“We still haven’t tried playing a big team in a really important, big game,” the Dane said. “We’ve played all the English teams and we can do really well against them – even against Manchester City last season we did well and they got to the semi-finals of the Champions League, so hopefully we’ll be able to perform well too.
“We showed last season that we’re capable of doing big things and playing really good football. We proved that we are a difficult team to play against but also very attack-minded, we’re a team that wants to score a lot of goals and if we want to play in the Champions League we need to do all that,” he added.
Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham
Spurs fans have been itching for a return to the Champions League and they will be eagerly anticipating August’s group stage draw.
Tottenham’s return to the big stage has added a greater urgency to their search for squad improvements and they must ensure they are well stocked to battle on all fronts come the start of the season.
Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi in action against AZ Alkmaar's Vincent Janssen
Victor Wanyama is the only new face to arrive at Hotspur Way so far this summer and while he is a shrewd acquisition, reinforcing in attacking areas must now be the main priority.
The ideal candidate to act as competition and cover for Harry Kane is Dutch striker Vincent Janssen and Spurs were handed a boost in their attempts to sign him, with the player confirming his desire to switch to White Hart Lane.