By Joe Nelson
Christian Eriksen has claimed Tottenham are not ready to win the Premier League as he set the team a target of qualifying for the Champions League for a second consecutive campaign.
Spurs finished in third last season and were winners Leicester’s closest challenge until their title bid collapsed in the final month of the campaign.
Speaking to Sport Magazine, Danish attacking midfielder Eriksen explained why his side is not quite ready to sit at the league summit.
“We want to stay in the Champions League again next season, so I think that’s probably going to be the goal again,” he said. But I wouldn’t say we’re going to win the league. Not yet.”
The 24-year-old, who has established himself as a key Spurs since his arrival in 2013, has also spoken of the team’s painful end of last season.
“We should have taken the opportunities before [May’s 2-2 draw at] Chelsea if we wanted to be champions, but how we ended up third was a bit painful.”
Nevertheless, with Champions League football on offer this coming campaign, the Danish playmaker, who has nine goals in 61 appearances for his country, has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
“I think probably just see what the groups are like, and then we need to take it one step at a time. If we’re a bit lucky with the group, we can qualify definitely,” Eriksen told Sport.
Now one of the senior members in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Eriksen has praised the influence of the Argentine manager, who is about to start his third season at the White Hart Lane helm.
“When I came, the group as players was very wide – there was a lot of people from everywhere and there was no… there was a feeling on the pitch, but it wasn’t special.
“The last year, especially when we had a bit of success, people start growing together and as people. There’s more good feeling about. Also the atmosphere from the fans – they saw what we did last season. We need to do that again – it’s high expectations, but we have the team and we need to go for it.”