Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov has urged the club to aim their sights higher than just on finishing above Arsenal in the Premier League table, he revealed in an interview with Betfair.
Spurs have finished above North London rivals Arsenal in every single league campaign since the 2016/2017 season but Berbatov has warned that the North Londoners ‘must be more ambitious’ because the ‘the only positive has been that they finished above Arsenal’.
The two-time Premier League winner with Manchester United also admitted that it would be a big blow to Tottenham if Harry Kane were to leave the club, something which the Bulgarian knows from personal experience following his switch to Old Trafford.
Spurs have been active in the transfer market this summer in an attempt to freshen up their squad to improve their seventh-placed finish in the table last season.
The North Londoners have recruited Bryan Gil from Sevilla, while Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini have both made respective initial loan moves from Italian outfit Atalanta. (Transfermarkt).
The 40-year-old urged his old side to show more ambition if they wish to break back into the top four: “Everybody connected with Spurs has high hopes for the new season with a good squad. In recent years, though, they have come up a bit short and the only real positive has been that they finished above Arsenal.
“But Spurs must be more ambitious. They need to be aiming to take on the big teams and get back into the top four.
“Of course, if Harry Kane leaves then it will be a big blow, but for the moment he is there and they have a good squad. They just need to show it on the pitch.
“Nuno Espirito Santo will need some time to make the squad his own but he too will have high expectations for the team. I hope that he can organise the players to suit his vision, prepare them and give fans something to celebrate.
The former Bayer Leverkusen forward also spoke highly of new signing Romero following his impressive previous campaign at Atalanta.
He added: “They have made a good signing in Cristian Romero, who was voted as one of the best defenders in Italy last season. He is a great addition to boost the defence. It’s also a sign to the fans that the club has good intentions.”
Yes, it’s for sure a good thing for the club that we have finished above Arsenal for a few years in a row.
But whether that reflects more bad for Arsenal or good for Spurs is the question. It’s sort of irrelevant when both sides are underachieving.
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