Tottenham midfielder only has eyes for Champions League football

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Mousa Dembele says only Champions League qualification will be acceptable for Tottenham this season.

The Belgian adds that if they had the chance to win the Europa League this season however they would grab it 'with both hands'.

Tottenham progressed to the last 16 of that competition after a 3-1 win against Dnipro at White Hart Lane last night, setting up a tie with Portuguese outfit Benfica.

Now their attention will turn back to their attempts to secure 4th place in the Premier League.

Spurs sit in 5th place currently, six points behind Liverpool after their disastrous 1-0 defeat against Norwich last weekend.

They go into their weekend encounter against Cardiff on Sunday knowing that anymore slip-ups could be costly.

Dembele believes that a club of Tottenham's stature should be in the Champions League - and he's not willing to accept any less this season.

"A club like Tottenham are up there with the top teams and I think they have to be in the Champions League," he said.

"I play with these players every day and of course it is my opinion, that we need to be in the Champions League.

"There are a lot of good teams in the Premier League and we have to work hard to reach the top four.

"We want to win something, too, and if we can get the Europa League, we will take it with both hands."

Tottenham's pursuit of a top four finish suffered a setback when manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was replaced by Tim Sherwood, in December.

The former Spurs midfielder had steadied the ship before the defeat against Norwich, and Dembele says all the players are behind him despite speculation he could be replaced in the summer.

"Would I like him to stay long term? That's not for me to decide," Dembele added.

"But how it looks now I think the team has confidence, we're playing much better and of course everybody is happy. After that the club has to decide, but as a team I think right now we are very happy."

The Tottenham midfielder continued: "On the back of a poor game at Norwich we should be bouncing into the game against Cardiff. You are only as good as your last game and on Thursday we were very good.

"It will be a tough game. (Cardiff) are fighting for their lives and are bottom of the league.

"They have some maverick players who on their day can win games so we will be cautious of them but buoyed at the same time by the performance )against Dnipro). We should win that game."

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