Club legend Ledley King knows all to well what the players are going through this week and he call called on fans to play their part as we aim to secure Champions League football for the third-successive season.
It’s pretty straightforward wine against Newcastle (Wednesday, 8pm) and Leicester (Sunday, 3pm) in our final two matches at Wembley this week will secure third place in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool on Sunday means we can still overtake the Reds, a point ahead of us in third with one game to play, however close behind are Chelsea, who have moved to within two points in fifth. Liverpool’s final game is against Brighton at home on Sunday, while Chelsea face a visit from Huddersfield on Wednesday and travel to St James Park to face Newcastle on Sunday.
Back in 2009-10 and we were still trying to qualify for the Champions League for the first time, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal breaking clear but five successive wins put us firmly in the shake up for fourth place with City, Liverpool and Villa.
We lost at Sunderland to slip back down to fifth only to recover with memorable back-to-back wins against Arsenal and Chelsea in the space of three days at White Hart Lane, but defeat at United meant we were fourth on goal difference over Villa, and a point ahead of City and two ahead of Liverpool going into the final week
We beat Bolton 1-0, Liverpool lost at Chelsea and City’s won against Villa which set up a showdown at City that we famously won 1-0 via Peter Crouch’s header to take us four points clear and secure that fourth place.
Captain Ledley led the team to that fourth place, playing five of the last six matches. Speaking to the club website he said:“I can remember the fans in those final few matches and the atmosphere in the games against Arsenal and Chelsea,” he recalled this week.The crowd play such an important part in anything the team achieves. They are always our extra man at home and we’ll need them for the final push this week.
King added: “I don’t think there is a Spurs fan out there who wouldn’t have taken a place in the top four this season, beating Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in the Champions League, plus Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United at Wembley – essentially playing away from home.
He also added: “It’s been a demanding season in terms of the amount of games we’ve played and getting far in competitions and now we want to finish it off.”
Comparing this season to them Ledley added: “It’s slightly different for this group because they are now used to finishing in the top four. For us, it was the first time trying to achieve it.
He added: “I just remember enjoying the challenge of being up there and trying to achieve something for the first time. We went into the games in good form and felt confident.This group of players have done it, they have that know-how and the best thing about this team is consistency and the ability to recover from setbacks. We very rarely lose two games on the bounce.
King also added: “I think the team can draw on those positives and I know the manager will make sure they are doing everything in training to put in two big performances.We finished last season in tremendous fashion and we’ll try to do that again.
He added: “The fans can make a difference and we’ve seen that already with the teams we’ve beaten at home. They’ve helped us beat some top, top teams and now we need them to help us finish the season the right way.”
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