Friedel targets top-four finish

The Croatia international was at the subject of a summer long

transfer chase by Chelsea who had several bids rejected, the last

being for a reported £40million. Indeed, Spurs chairman Daniel

Levy had maintained throughout the summer the 25-year-old would not

be allowed to leave the club. Harry Redknapp hinted the controversy

around his talented playmaker had perhaps hindered his teams’ start

to the season which began with two defeats to Manchester United and

City. Yet, on Saturday, he was back to pulling the strings as he

propelled Tottenham to a 2-0 win over Wolves. And Friedel, who

arrived from Aston Villa on a two-year deal this summer, feels with

his new team-mate now back on his game, Spurs can finish in the

top-four again. “Can we qualify for the Champions League?

Absolutely,” he said. “The squad we have is exceptional. There was

so much speculation in the transfer window that we needed to get

that to one side and hopefully now we can just focus and win

football matches.”