Tottenham’s Clint Dempsey: Top-four finish would salvage our season

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Clint Dempsey says Spurs can salvage their season by securing a top-four finish

clint dempsey
Clint Dempsey sealed a late move to Spurs from Fulham in August Photo: wjarrettc, via Flickr

clint dempsey

Clint Dempsey believes Tottenham Hotspur can salvage their season by finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.

Andre Villas-Boas’s side were beaten on penalties by Basel in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Tom Huddlestone missing the decisive spot-kicks.

And Dempsey has called on his Tottenham team-mates to bounce back from their European disappointment by cementing a top-four finish after a run of mixed results allowed Arsenal back into the race for Champions League football.

“We’re frustrated that we’re not in the Europa League any more but we have to regroup and focus on the league,” said Dempsey.

“We have to make sure we finish in fourth place and make sure we’re in the Champions League [qualifying round] next year. That’s the only thing we can do to salvage this season and say that we’ve had a good year.

“It is as black and white as that because the Champions League has been the goal for the season.

“We wanted to go as far as we could in all of the competitions and try to win something but we haven’t been able to do that in any of the cups and so now the only thing left to play for is the Champions League.”

Marcus Rashford
Romelu Lukaku: What I think of Man United right now
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel opens up on Chelsea FC summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand frustrated by Chelsea FC forward Timo Werner
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Daniel James opens up on ‘unbelievable’ Man United youngster Amad Diallo
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel praises 'top level' Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud
Marcus Rashford
Romelu Lukaku: What I think of Man United right now
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel opens up on Chelsea FC summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand frustrated by Chelsea FC forward Timo Werner
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Daniel James opens up on ‘unbelievable’ Man United youngster Amad Diallo
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel praises 'top level' Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature