Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been one of the many success stories since Harry Redknapp arrived at Tottenham in 2008, and has become a key member of the Spurs team over the past two seasons.

On the pitch, the French-born Cameroon international has developed into one of the Barclays Premier League's best left-backs, and is looking to continue his good form in a bid to help Tottenham break back into the top-four this term.

Having had a taste of the UEFA Champions League and the buzz that surrounds big European nights, the 27-year-old knows how important it is for the club to make sure last season wasn't a one-off.

"The Champions League is the best competition in Europe and if there are a few players who Spurs like, they will prefer to play with us in the Champions League because they know the club, they know the players and how the team play," Assou-Ekotto told the London Evening Standard. "If we are in the Champions League, the players will find it easier to play for Spurs.


 

"When you play Champions League and the Premier League at the same time, it's very hard. This season we have a few important players who don't play in the Europa League so maybe it will be easier for us to finish in the top four. Last season you can't not play in the Champions League and say, 'Yeah we'll only play in the League'."

Spurs' bid to return to the top four took a knock after kicking off their campaign with heavy defeats against Manchester United and Manchester City before four consecutive wins - against Wolves, Liverpool, Wigan and Arsenal - reinforced the belief that they are genuine contenders.

"Everyone was down after the defeats against Man United and Man City," Assou-Ekotto continued. "They are the best two teams.

"Even the 'big four' will have trouble against these teams this season. The minimum objective is to finish fourth because when you play Champions League it's good for everyone.

"If we can go higher we will do it, but the minimum is fourth, and I am confident [of achieving that]."

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