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Walker confident of Champions League qualification

Walker says Spurs are going in the right direction (©GettyImages)
Walker says Spurs are going in the right direction (©GettyImages).

Kyle Walker is confident that Tottenham will secure a top four spot in the Premier League and earn Champions League football this season.

Tottenham currently sit in 6th place, level on points with Everton, who occupy the 4th and final Champions League spot after ten games.

Spurs missed the chance to establish themselves behind the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City in the league table as they went down 1-0 against Wigan on Saturday.

However the north London club bounced back in mid-week with a 3-1 win against Maribor in the Europa League, ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

After their game at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham face a tough run of fixtures in the lead up to Christmas, with ties against Arsenal, Lazio, West Ham and Liverpool all to come in the next few weeks.

Under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs have been somewhat inconsistent so far in dropping points against the likes of West Brom, Norwich and Wigan, but also securing their first win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in over 20 years.

Key players left White Hart Lane over the summer while new faces such as Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen arrived, and Walker believes the club have more than enough quality to join the top table of European football.

'With the players we have and the players we brought in, I am more than confident (we can finish in the top four),' the England right-back said.

'We just need to keep listening to the gaffer and his tactics.

'If we do that then I most definitely think that we will get the results we need.

'It was disappointing how it went last year but that's just the way it goes.'

Villas-Boas arrived at Tottenham over the summer needing to restore his reputation following a disastrous eight month spell in charge of Chelsea last season, but Walker believes the Portuguese coach has already demonstrated his worth to the Spurs squad.

'He has been very good, not just on the training field but off it too,' Walker said at an event organised by the Topps Match Attax Tour.

'We have been looking at different teams, how they play and their strengths and weaknesses.

'It has helped me. It's just as important as training. If I go out not knowing about my opponent then it's an even playing field, but if I know which foot he prefers and how he likes to play then I have that upper hand. It's more than helpful.'

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