Heurelho Gomes is hoping to continue a unique Tottenham tradition by finishing the season with the Champions League in the trophy cabinet.

Spurs have won eight major trophies when the year ends in one - triumphs which include the famed Double of 1961 - and maintain hopes of securing a first European Cup in 2011.

And, although landing another honour when a year culminates in the single digit is still a distinct possibility, Gomes believes Spurs reaching the quarter-final of the Champions League is an achievement in itself.

"The fans always recount the story that Tottenham have luck when the year ends in one," said the Spurs no.1.

"The players try not to think about, but it really is an achievement for the club after so long outside the Champions League."

Whilst north London rivals Arsenal perished in the last 16, Spurs added another significant Milan scalp to their growing reputation after defeating AC 1-0 on aggregate, having dispatched of Inter in the group stages.

Gomes is one of a handful of players in the Spurs squad to have previously had a taste the Champions League - having played for PSV Eindhoven in the same competition - and his experience has undoubtedly been an asset to the Tottenham cause.


 

However, despite being relative European novices, Gomes has been impressed with the way his teammates have adapted to differing challenges - something which will stand them in good stead as the quarter-final draw approaches.

"Before our first game in the Champions League, the players asked me about the tournament,’ added the Brazilian. "It was something new for Tottenham.

"But I think the team has adapted quickly and was able to overcome the difficulties.

"This was proved when we won our group ahead of Inter Milan - the champions.

"After having a taste of playing in the Champions League, we don’t want to watch it from the outside next season."

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