Tottenham’s Michael Dawson: Our aim is to reach Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson urges Spurs to make sure that they fight to secure a top-four finish this season

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Michael Dawson says Tottenham Hotspur’s target for the Premier League season is to secure a top-four finish after suffering disappointment in May.

Spurs were emphatic 6-0 winners against South China on Sunday as England international Jermain Defoe scored an impressive hat-trick.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side, who missed out on a top-four finish on the final day of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign, have had mixed results in Asia.

While Dawson admits Tottenham’s emphatic victory was pleasing, the north London side’s captain reckons it’s important not to get carried away in pre-season.

“We missed out on the Champions League last season, so our aim at the start of this campaign is to make sure we are in it next year. We have to fight for that,” said Dawson.

He added: “Winning football matches is always good and it is great for Jermain to be amongst the goals.

“But pre-season is about fitness and getting minutes under your belt.

“We want to give individuals the game time but all that matters is the first match of the season.

“A few years ago we went unbeaten in pre-season, winning virtually every game, then we got off to a bad start in the league.

“At this stage of the summer, you can’t get too carried away when it is going well and you can’t get too downhearted when it is not going well.”

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