Jan Vertonghen rallies Tottenham Hotspur troops ahead of Manchester City clash

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has called on his teammates to cement fourth place after their disappointing exit from the Europa League.

The north London side are level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and one behind neighbours Arsenal - as the Gunners capitalised on Spurs' failure to defeat Everton and Fulham by beating Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Andre Villas-Boas' side, who were eliminated from Europe by Basel on penalties last week, did not have a game this weekend due to Chelsea's participation in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Vertonghen, speaking to Tottenham's official website, said: "We have to stay together and to go for that top four place in the Premier League.

"We have a rest, we clear our heads and we come back against Manchester City."

The Belgian defender is optimistic key players Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe can make a timely return ahead of Sunday's encounter with the Citizens at White Hart Lane, and potentially make a big difference during the domestic run-in. 

"A lot of players could be coming back, important players and we only have big games now, City, Chelsea, all cup finals. We go for the highest place possible," explained Vertonghen

Spurs' final four games sees them take on Wigan Athletic, Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland in their bid to bring Champions League football back to the club next season. 

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