Sandro believes that Tottenham's title bid is still very much alive, despite Sunday's agonising 3-2 Barclays Premier League defeat at the hands of leaders Manchester City.

The 22-year-old Brazilian international has been forced to watch on from the sidelines in recent weeks, having not featured for Spurs since January 3 when he limped off in the match against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Sandro's absence has coincided with a slight dip in form for Harry Redknapp's side, and that is why the midfielder is eager to get back to first-team action as soon as possible.

"We've still got our minds on the title, for sure," he told FIFA.com. "That's been our objective since we started working our way up to the top of the table.

"We've got a great squad, and we've got to think bigger than just a Champions League place."

Having featured in 10 league matches for Tottenham this season, Sandro boasts an impressive record of being undefeated when playing in 2011-12, another reason why Redknapp and Co. will be keen to bring him back into the fold.

"I've been thinking about that run lately and the other wins we've had when I've come off the bench," he continued. "I'm pleased with the stats and with how it's all working out.

"The fans have taken to me, and that's great because I haven't been here that long. Things have gone well whenever I've played this season, and that's why I feel we're still in the mix for the title."

After a slow start to life in north London, Sandro believes he is now reaping the rewards having finally settled in England, and successfully acclimatising to the rigours of Barclays Premier League football.

"Obviously it helps to be more fluent in English," he concluded. "I take part in conversations more now and there's less stuff that goes over my head.

"But it was also important for me to get used to the style of play here. They play a physical game, which I enjoy, and everyone's seen how committed and determined I am."

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