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

to play.

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

League.

“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

do.

“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

four.”

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

last week.

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

good.

“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.”