Dawson focusing on top four
Michael Dawson says Tottenham Hotspur are not thinking about
missing out on the UEFA Champions League after dropping out of the
top four positions at the weekend.
Arsenal’s home win over Norwich City on Saturday demoted Spurs
to fifth spot and the North London rivals both have six games left
Dawson remains optimistic of qualification for the Champions
League and vowed there will be a lot of ‘hard work’ over the final
weeks of the season.
“We’re not thinking of that,” Dawson told Sky Sports News when
asked how disappointing it would be to miss out on the Champions
“As players you can’t. Who knows what will happen on 19th May?
Hopefully it will be a good day and we’re celebrating. There’s a
lot of hard work to go in from ourselves and also the other teams
to get there.
“Arsenal have gone above us and we’re in fifth. The games come
thick and fast and, with us not playing at certain times with the
way they’ve fallen, we’ve just got to concentrate on what we
“That’s all we can affect and, with six games to go, we hope to
pick as many points up as possible to get us back in the top
The centre-half also rejected suggestions that the Europa League
had impacted upon Spurs’ Champions League push after Andre
Villas-Boas’ side lost on penalties to Basel in the quarter-finals
He added: “I don’t think it has at all. If you look at our
results after the Europa League, I think they’ve been really
“It’s just that, after getting as far as we did, we wish we
could have gone all the way. It would have been great to be lifting
that trophy, but that’s not going to be, so we’ll be concentrating
on the Premier League now.”