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Europe 'achievable'

Posted on 12 January 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Glenn Hoddle insists we're fully focused on the 'achievable' target of qualifying for Europe via the Premiership.

We in 10th place in the Premiership after Saturday's results, still just four points behind sixth-placed Everton, who arrive at the Lane for a cracker on Sunday.

"There are no cups to distract us," said Glenn. "We would have loved that distraction but we find ourselves out.

"Every game now will be a major focus on us to make a massive effort to get into Europe. I think that's achievable and that's what we're turning our minds to now."

Glenn is well aware that the nature of the Premiership this season means you can climb or fall at a rapid rate after positive or negative results.

We've experienced it first hand - if we'd have won at Newcastle on December 29 we would have gone into fourth but instead, narrow defeats at St James and Southampton saw us slip to ninth before Saturday's programme.

"It's a strange league this year," reasoned Glenn. "Normally by now there are three divisions within it. That isn't the case this year. There is not a lot between fourth and 14th.

"We're still all jostling for positions, as I see it. If come April we're still in a position to go for European spot, that's what it's all about.

"There are probably eight or nine teams out there looking to do the same. It's competitive but we're competing. We've proved that with a lot of performances this season, Arsenal at home is one that springs to mind. We've now got to compete over a longer period.

"We've always said Europe is one of the things we want to achieve at this club and that is certainly where we're aiming."