Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King believes the club can benefit from their European adventure next season.
Harry Redknapp's side reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League before falling at the hands of Real Madrid, and King believes victories over sides such as Inter Milan and AC Milan could help Spurs in their Barclays Premier League challenge this season.
“It was a great journey for us, a new journey, going into the unknown a little bit and playing against some of the biggest teams in Europe. I think we equipped ourselves brilliantly but ultimately we fell short against Real Madrid, who are one of the top sides around," the centre back told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.
“Overall I think there’s a lot of pluses we can take from the season and, although we won’t be playing in the Champions League next season, we now realise we can mix it with the likes of Milan, Inter and Real Madrid.”
Injury problems again plagued the England international's campaign at White Hart Lane, but King is confident his groin problems could now be past him.
The defender will be hoping to make an impact in both the English and Europa League's, but admits he was proud of the way his teammates filled in during his absence at Spurs.
“It has been hard but I’ve had to become mentally strong. I missed a lot of games during the season, some big games, and although I was actually back on the bench for the Milan home game, the groin still wasn’t quite right," King continued.
“But I was proud of the team watching them perform against some of the top teams, although I would have liked to have been there myself. All you can do is support, get behind the boys and hope they do well.”