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Assou-Ekotto sets sights on City

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Tottenham Hotspur full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto admits a top four finish is the 'minimum requirement' this season.

The north London outfit started the campaign as one of a number of clubs who thought they had legitimate Champions League aspirations, with Harry Redknapp confident his side could challenge for a return to Europe's premier club competition.

But Spurs have done better than many predicted, with their attacking brand of football pushing the side five-points clear of Chelsea in third place, and just six points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in-hand on both.

And Assou-Ekotto insists 'anything is possible' in the remainder of the campaign, with sights firmly set on catching the two Manchester sides in-front.

"Everyone had been saying that Manchester City were invincible but then they drew at West Brom, which showed that no one is guaranteed a win in this division," the Cameroonian international told The London Evening Standard.

"Our minimum target is to finish in the top four. After that, anything is possible. No one can predict what will happen over the next five months.

"We are no longer looking behind us at other teams' results. Instead, we are the ones getting the results and they are looking at us, hoping we slip up. You can see how much we have improved, even over the last 12 months. Just look at the table - we are in third place and we deserve to be there."

After losing back-to-back matches at the start of the season, Spurs have been in quite scintillating form, winning 13 and drawing three of their next 17 Barclays Premier League clashes.

And Assou-Ekotto believes the added strength-in-depth has been a key factor to the club's success, with summer additions Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor making a major impact.

"The quality of players we have in every position makes this easily the best squad I have played in and we have that winning mentality now, too. Almost every player is an international and we have been lifted by the arrival of Scott and Ade," he added.

"Scott is a natural leader. The first day he was with us, you could tell he was a very positive guy. He motivates the whole team and has been a great addition, while Ade has played for some of the world's best clubs and has great experience."

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