Hojbjerg claims ‘there is no hiding from the top-four race’ for Spurs in rallying cry

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been speaking ahead of Tottenham’s game against Christian Eriksen’s Brentford and claims Spurs will be judged on how they perform, regardless of the media focus in the build-up.

The Danish international has forged an impressive partnership with Rodrigo Bentancur in the heart of the Lilywhite midfield of late, especially in the absence of Oliver Skipp.

Tottenham currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, ahead of North London rivals, Arsenal on goal difference with six games to go.

Under Antonio Conte, Spurs have transformed from mid-table mediocrity into the front runners for the Champions League final spot, something Hojbjerg does not shy away from.

He told Sky Sports: “There is no hiding from the top-four race, in the end, there are three or four teams in the race – who wants it? There is no hiding.

“We can all sit and talk as much as we want but it’s about getting the points on the pitch, to show the consistency, the quality, the desire, to make sure the points end up in your pocket and the achievement comes in your favour.

“It’s difficult for me to sit here and talk because the target is very clear. It’s important our actions speak much louder than words.

“There are many great teams in the race, in the Premier League, which is why it’s an honour and a great challenge to play in the Premier League. But I trust my team a lot and I am sure we have the quality to achieve this.

“That doesn’t mean we will automatically do it. We will have to suffer, to fight, to come through this challenge, but I believe we can do it.”

This no-nonsense attitude will hopefully resonate through the squad and allow them to keep the hype in the back of their minds and focus on each game as it comes.

SpursWeb Opinion

Hojbjerg has a great mentality and that has been clear since the Mourinho days. The image of him and his boss at the time screaming at each other in delight after a win at the Etihad will live long in the memory.

The Dane is exactly right to want to focus on the job at hand and put it all out there on the pitch. Some media outlets rarely paint Spurs in a favourable light, seeing them as a selling club and nothing more, as made clear by coverage of Harry Kane’s transfer saga last summer, so it is likely media hype is being ignored, at least by those in N17.

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