Dejan Kulusevski has revealed that he believes Tottenham are capable of improving on their fourth-placed finish in the Premier League table this season but insisted the focus is on keeping their heads down and working hard.
Spurs edged out Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the last campaign, and the north Londoners have improved their squad considerably over the summer.
Some pundits have suggested that the Lilywhites are the favourites to finish in third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool (BBC Sport) while some have even suggested that Spurs could compete with last season’s top two (talkSPORT).
Antonio Conte’s men have had a positive start to the season, taking seven points off the two home games against Southampton and Wolves, and the away game against Chelsea – three games that they lost last season.
Kulusevski admitted that he is optimistic that Spurs can go far both domestically and in Europe this season.
The Swede told The Evening Standard: “We signed all the good players and the manager stayed, I’m very hopeful, we can go far both [domestically] and in the Champions League. It’s just work, you stay silent and at the end, we’re going to see.”
The 22-year-old refused to say what Tottenham are aiming for this season, insisting that he and his teammates want to show what they are capable of rather than just talking a good game.
Asked if it was possible to better last season’s fourth-place finish, Kulusevski said: “It is, yeah. We can decide [where we finish after] that.
“I know one thing. My manager always says everybody can talk but on the pitch it’s different. And that’s what I want to do, I want us to show everybody on the pitch.
“We’ll see how far we’re going to go. The team’s good, talented and works hard.”
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It does appear like there is a concerted effort from the players and Conte not to specify their objectives to the media this season and instead focus on taking each game as it comes. I would not be surprised if that was a directive from Conte himself.
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