Spurs need to learn from last season’s mistakes

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Tottenham star Roman Pavlyuchenko has set the ambitious goal of finishing above north London rivals Arsenal next season, as Spurs aim to qualify for Champions League football once more.

Having had a taste of life in Europe’s elite competition last season, Spurs ultimately had to settle for a Europa League spot after finishing in fifth place, just behind the Gunners. Pavlyuchenko is keen to reverse the trend.

"From the moment I came to Tottenham it was immediately made clear by the fans and the club that the most important games are against Arsenal,” Pavlyuchenko said.

"Both teams go on the pitch not to play football, but to break their backs and battle. It's a fact - no-one is spared. I felt it."

The Russian is ready to make up for the mistakes Tottenham made at the end of last season where they fell out of contention for a top four finish, and adds: “Last season we took a step back, We didn't complete the task of finishing in the top four.

"If we hadn't lost so many points at the end we could have fought for a place in the top three. Next year I think we really will be in the top three. Tottenham are a very strong team with excellent players.


While Harry Redknapp has talked before of the possibility of mounting a title challenge, Pav believes that such an ambitious target maybe a little premature.

The 29-year-old added: “It's too early to fight for first or second - Chelsea and Manchester United are a level above - but for the past two seasons we've fought as equals with Man City and Arsenal."

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