Holtby: Hard-working Spurs deserve UCL

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby is pleased at his side's position in the table and feels they fully deserve to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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By FOX Sports Staff

Spurs are currently fourth in the league and have been unbeaten in their past 10 Premier League matches. They were also wholly impressive in their 2-1 defeat of Newcastle over the weekend with a brace by star midfielder Gareth Bale having settled the tie in their favour. 

They are also considered by many as being favourites for third place, currently occupied by Chelsea who are a point ahead. Both sides are keen to finish behind the Manchester clubs as it would see them secure the final automatic qualification spot to the Champions League group stages.

Holtby believes that his side are fully deserving of a place within the top four and credits the steady progress achieved by the management over the past few seasons as being responsible for their European push. 

"This club is evolving every year, maybe even every month," the German told reporters. "We're now fighting for third and it's not like it's come from nowhere.

"This club has been in the top four or five for the last couple of years, so I've made a really big decision in my career and it's the right decision.

"Our aim is to go to the Champions League. The club is getting bigger all the time and we deserve to be there.

"It's a long way and a very hard route we are on but with this squad, and the whole background with the staff, I think we're able to play in the Champions League. It's a fantastic club to come to.

"The team spirit is very high, that's why we win these tight games. It's fantastic to be here and the reception of the fans is always perfect."

Holtby also went on to state that while Bale remains a fantastic asset for the club, the efforts put in by the rest of the team should not be forgotten either. 

"He [Bale] is a world-class player, one of the best in the world I think," he enthused. "What he's producing every week is fantastic, but you have to give the credit to the others - we're a team with 11 men.

"Of course Gareth scores goals and he is perfect for us, but every player in the team works hard for the club.

"You see at the end how Hugo [Lloris] saved that chance, and the defenders put their bodies into every shot. Everyone is working really hard and that's the key of the game, playing football with 11 or 14 men, who are strong.

"To have a player like Bale makes the difference and to play with him is a great feeling, but it's not just him."

Tottenham are four points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal in the table and face the Gunners on March 3. 

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