Andre Villas-Boas praises Spurs stars after final-day heartbreak

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has praised his players despite being pipped to the final Champions League spot by North London rivals Arsenal.

Spurs amassed a club-record 72 Premier League points, yet it was not enough to secure a return to Europe's elite club competition. 

Despite failing to finish in the top four, Villas-Boas was pleased with his sides efforts, and insisted their is a platform from which the club can build. 

He told the official club website: "The players have been absolutely immense in how willing they were to achieve our objective."

The 72-point haul surpassed the 70 points amassed by the club in 2009-10, the last time they qualified for the Champions League. 

Were Spurs to make the top four they required Arsenal to slip up at Newcastle, but a Laurent Koscielny goal meant the Gunners were guaranteed fourth spot, regardless of the result at White Hart Lane. 

Villas-Boas' boys got the win they required with Gareth Bale again finding the net as they beat Sunderland 1-0, but results elsewhere meant it's another season of Thursday night football at White Hart Lane. 

The former Chelsea manager has indicated an improved standard in the Premier League as the reason his side missed out on fourth place.

He said: "With this amount of points, what can you learn is that the level (in the Premier League) has gone up, and it will go up again next season because you expect Liverpool to be in the mix too."

Looking ahead to next season Villas-Boas hopes to again challenge the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

"We've given a good run to Arsenal and Chelsea, teams who play for the title. We're not very far away from them, so let's this this lesson into the future and make it better next time," he concluded. 

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