Friedel wants Champions League birth

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Brad Friedel is setting the ambitious goal of driving Tottenham back into the Champions League next season, with Spurs hoping to pick up their performances after defeats to Manchester City and Manchester United.

Tottenham beat Wolves 2-0 last weekend, and are looking at a tough seven days, with the north London club traveling to Greece to take on PAOK Salonika before they return for a home clash with Liverpool.

And after Harry Redknapp praised Friedel yesterday for his performances so far this season at White Hart Lane, the keeper insists that Champions League is a realistic goal for Spurs.

"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."


Tottenham face tough competition for a place in Europe’s elite competition, with Manchester City and Liverpool, who were fighting for fourth place last season with Tottenham, going on massive spending sprees over the summer.

While Liverpool spent over £60 million on transfers during the window, City spent at least £75 million. Tottenham, on the other hand, have spent roughly £5 million on transfer fees, bringing Scott Parker from the recently relegated West Ham into the side.

But Spurs have defeated a rampant-spending City before to secure a Champions League birth, and the club will no doubt be hoping that as the season goes on, they can find a consistency that took away their advantage over City last season.

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