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Sandro challenges Spurs to win five in-a-row

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Brazilian midfielder Sandro has challenged his Spurs team mates to get their title challenge off the ground by beating Manchester United and Manchester City in their next two games. 

The north London outfit have had a mixed start to their current campaign, winning six, drawing twice and losing on three occasions - with the defeat against Newcastle on Sunday their most recent failure. 

They may have had 14 shots on target against the Magpies but failed to beat an inspired Tim Krul and eventually lost 1-0 despite their dominance. 

And Sandro believes Andre Villas-Boas' men must win their next five to keep alive their hopes of a first league title in over 60 years. 

"If you look at teams that are challenging the top four, they win a lot of games in a row - four or five - we still have to do it. 

"You have to win consecutive games. From now, we have to win five consecutively for our dream to come back," he told The Sun. 

The Lilywhites have struggled for goals in their opening 11 games, finding the net only nine times - three of which have been Roberto Soldado spot-kicks. 

That has left their impressive defensive record in the shade, having only conceded six so far this term, keeping seven clean sheets in the process. 

Sandro added: "It's hard but we have to win something. We have a great team. 

"It's just at the early stages of the season but we have to change."

After the international break, Spurs face two of their title rivals - City and United - in key games which will undoubtedly show whether the men from White Hart Lane have what it takes to secure their first Premier League crown. 

They have already lost to Arsenal this season at the Emirates, and will have to prove their critics wrong if they're to get anything from the Etihad or at home against the champions a week later.

"Now is the time to go and beat City, and then United. We have to win them games after losing to Newcastle," the Brazilian admitted


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