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Younes Kaboul targets Champions League football for Spurs

Updated: Friday, 14 Feb 2014 08:11 | Comments

Younes Kaboul: 'We were very aggressive - in a good way, of course'
Younes Kaboul: 'We were very aggressive - in a good way, of course'

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Younes Kaboul is confident Tottenham will be playing Champions League football next season if they maintain the form they showed at Newcastle.

Spurs trounced the Magpies 4-0 at St James' Park on Wednesday night to stay hot on the heels of fourth-placed Liverpool, and are right in the mix with 12 games of the campaign to go.

But defender Kaboul is convinced they can force their way into the top four if they can reproduce their performance on Tyneside on a consistent basis.

He told Spurs TV: "We need games like that to be up there and if we perform like that in the future - and even better, because you always have to see the best - we are going to play in the Champions League next season, without doubt.

"We need to keep like that, strong and strong mentally also, keep the concentration for 90, 95 minutes and we should be okay."

"We need to keep like that, strong and strong mentally also"

Spurs tore Newcastle apart on a night when striker Emmanuel Adebayor once again led from the front.

It was he who fired them into a 19th-minute lead after keeper Tim Krul could only serve up Nabil Bentaleb's cross to him on a plate.

Krul was beaten again eight minutes after the break when he managed to save Adebayor's initial effort, only to see Paulinho pounce on the rebound, and the Dutchman was similarly unfortunate seven minutes from time when he blocked substitute Andros Townsend's piledriver and the African accepted the invitation to claim his second of the night.

Nacer Chadli, who had also come off the bench, completed the round with an 88th-minute strike from distance to cement a victory, which had been assured long before despite keeper Hugo Lloris having to make a series of saves to deny Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Papiss Cisse.

Kaboul said: "It was very good, of course. We came here to get a result, but we didn't really think we were going to win 4-0.

"To be fair, the lads gave everything on the pitch. We were very aggressive - in a good way, of course - and we scored goals and we kept a clean sheet, which is very good."

Spurs were rampant at times as the impressive Bentaleb, Paulinho, Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele linked with Adebayor to leave Newcastle chasing shadows, and manager Tim Sherwood was thrilled by the flair they demonstrated.

He said: "When you get a few goals up, you are allowed to play with freedom. I want them to play with that sort of freedom from the start, and hopefully we will get there.

"But all of them, from Adebayor right back to Younes Kaboul or Hugo Lloris, they realise there's a defensive responsibility to work hard for each other and collectively we will get where we need to be if we stick together."

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