Corluka: Spurs must strengthen

After bringing Champions League football to White Hart Lane for the

first time last term, Spurs have missed out on a top-four finish

this time around. A Europa League spot is now the best they can

hope for, with Manchester City or Arsenal in line to clinch the

final Champions League qualification place. And Croatia defender

Corluka believes strengthening the squad during the offseason is

key if the North Londoners want to push on. “Some teams invested

more money than us in players and this year we didn’t make the

cut,” Corluka told Sky Sports News. “We’ve showed in some games we

can compete with them. But next season will be tough if we don’t

strengthen our team like they will.” Spurs enjoyed a strong maiden

Champions League campaign, reaching the quarter-final stage before

ultimately succumbing to Real Madrid. Corluka admits missing out on

competing in Europe’s top club competition was tough to swallow

after getting a taste of the action this year. He added: “We are

disappointed because we expected, after a season in the Champions

League, to play in the Champions League again. “We enjoyed it very

much. Of course there’s disappointment in the club and around the

players as well but that’s football. The Premier League is a tough

league. “Hopefully next year we will be in the top four again.”