Spurs star bemoans ‘dead game’ but insists: We’ve got the belief
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:14 19 March 2013
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Gylfi Sigurdsson insists Tottenham’s players have no doubts about their ability to qualify for the Champions League, despite their third successive defeat against Fulham.
Spurs were beaten by Liverpool and Inter Milan last week and, although they still advanced past Inter in the Europa League on away goals, Sunday’s loss at home against Fulham allowed Chelsea to leapfrog the Lilywhites into third place in the Premier League.
Meanwhile Arsenal are also closing in, having narrowed a seven-point gap to four - and they hold a game in hand.
Sigurdsson says there are no excuses for Tottenham’s dismal display against Fulham, but he is adamant that the Spurs squad retain the belief to hold onto a top-four spot.
“We never got going, it was quite a dead game and we didn’t create much,” he said. “We had a couple of chances – [Jermain] Defoe at the end - but it wasn’t to be. We need to carry on and make sure that in the next game we play better.
“It was almost as if everyone was a bit down. There wasn’t enough energy or movement. There was just something missing from our game, normally we’re a lot better than that.
“I don’t want to be making any excuses. Obviously the 120 minutes from last Thursday night probably played a bit of a part, but apart from that we could have played better - even if we would have been tired. It could be a factor but we’ve got to make sure we’re fresh and ready for the next game.
“We haven’t had many games like that here [at home] during the season, and we’re very disappointed losing the game at Anfield - we thought we were in control and we gave it away.
“We just need to pick ourselves up and stick together and make sure we perform well until the end of the season.
“We’ve got the belief. We’ve seen during the season that we’re more than capable of it [qualifying for the Champions League]. Even though we’ve had a couple of bad results we won’t start doubting ourselves.
“It’s down to us now. We’ve just got to make sure we keep playing the way we’ve been playing throughout the season. It’s in our hands and we’re in a good position to make sure that we get the Champions League spot.”
Spurs go into the international break following their worst sequence of results under Andre Villas-Boas, and Sigurdsson has mixed feelings about the timing of the pause in the Premier League calendar.
“Has it come at a good time? Yes and no,” he said. “We would have liked another game in a few days to make things right and get another three points in the table, which is important for us, but maybe it’s a good thing that we can go away and reflect on what we’ve done for the last few games and make it right.
“We don’t need the manager to pick us up, I think the lads can pick themselves up because we’ve got the determination to get into the Champions League and that’s pushing us on at the moment.
“We showed against Arsenal that we can beat anyone so there will be a good few games coming up and hopefully we can get a few points out of them.”
Sigurdsson was given a starting berth for the fifth game in a row on Sunday, filling in on the right of midfield after playing on the left in previous games.
“It’s obviously different from last season, when I was playing more centrally behind the striker,” he said. “If he [Andre Villas-Boas] wants me to play on the left or right I’m more than happy to do it. As long as I’m playing I’m very happy.”
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