Dembele warns Tottenham against complacency next season

Mousa Dembele believes Tottenham's top-four failure came as a result of not performing against the "small" teams

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Mousa Dembele joined Tottenham from Fulham last year Photo: Paul Blank

Mousa Dembele believes Tottenham’s top-four failure came as a result of not performing against the “small” teams.

Spurs were pipped to Champions League qualification by local rivals Arsenal, whose 1-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday was enough to see them finish a point ahead of Andre Villas-Boas’ men.

Tottenham beat Manchester City and drew at Chelsea during their run-in but dropped points against the likes of Wigan and Fulham to allow Arsenal to edge their way back in front.

And midfielder Dembele says that Spurs must learn from the experience of missing out on a top-four spot once again next term.

“Against the top teams we are good. But against the small teams it’s like, ‘OK, the top teams would have finished these off by now’,” Dembele, who joined Spurs from Fulham last August, told the Sun.

“We’ve dropped a lot of points against the bottom teams. We have to be aware next year.

“We haven’t had a bad season. We have the points record, that’s something positive. But at the end we are still a bit disappointed.”

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