Mousa Dembele confident Tottenham will finish in the top four

Mousa Dembele is convinced that Tottenham Hotspur have what it takes to finish in the top four this season

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Andre Villas-Boas's side won 1-0 at Palace on Sunday Photo: Tottenham Hotspur

Mousa Dembele is convinced that Tottenham Hotspur have what it takes to finish in the top four this season after last term’s disappointment.

Spurs were pipped to the final Champions League qualification spot by Arsenal, whose 1-0 win at Newcastle United on the final day of the season ensured they finished a point ahead of their north London rivals.

Andre Villas-Boas’s men opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday thanks to new signing Roberto Soldado’s second-half penalty.

And Dembele insists that Spurs have “learned from their mistakes” after failing to reach Europe’s elite club competition last season.

“We had quite a good season last year but at the end we didn’t make what we aimed for,” Dembele said.

“But this year we have learned from this and we can’t make the same mistakes again.

“We have the quality [to make the top four]. It’s going to be very difficult because everyone has spent money, but we have bought some good players too.

“We have also been playing a year longer together. Everyone believes that we can do something this year. We have bought some good players. I can see already that we are playing well, but we can still play much better.”

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