Steven Bergwijn has admitted that it would be “very bad” if Spurs failed to qualify for Europe this season, in an interview with Sky Sports News.
Spurs restart their Premier League campaign against Manchester United today in a must-win game to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Bergwijn, who joined Spurs in January, insists that his new side has what it takes to secure Champions League football for next season.
The Lilywhites famously made the final of Europe’s most elite competition last season after dramatically defeating Ajax away in the Netherlands.
“It would be very bad for the club and for us (if we did not qualify for Europe),” he said.
“A club like Tottenham needs to be in Europe; in the Champions League in the first place but, if that’s not possible, (then) in the Europa League.
“We have fantastic players and we have to believe in ourselves. We have nine games left, and I think it’s possible. We have to start on Friday.
“I can’t wait to play with Kane, he’s a fantastic striker. He scores goals so easily, it’s fantastic to see.”
The Lilywhites are currently three places and four points behind Manchester United who currently sit in fifth place.
It remains to be seen whether fifth place in the Premier League will also result in Champions League qualification as Man City await the result of their European ban appeal.
Bergwijn netted on his debut in February against Manchester City in a 2-0 win over the Blues (BBC), as well as scoring his second Spurs goals in a 3-2 loss to Wolves.
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I cannot wait to see Bergwijn play alongside Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. We are certainly going back into football with a stronger squad than what we had when the Premier League was postponed. However, we can only hope they are fit enough to compete given the number of games over such a short space of time.
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