By Danny Wright
Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Fulham is crucial to Tottenham’s Europa League hopes according to Toby Alderweireld.
The 27-year-old believes that the win will prove pivotal for his side as they look to get past Gent by overturning a 1-0 deficit on Thursday night.
Alderweireld was part of the side that lost to both Liverpool and the Belgian club in a matter of several days, a couple of decisive results that could have serious implications on whether Tottenham would lift any silverware this season.
Spurs got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory at Fulham on Sunday to book their place in the FA Cup quarter finals where they will face Millwall and the Belgian centre-back has said that will be crucial to Thursday’s home leg against Gent.
“The next goal is to go through to the next round of the Europa League,” he said to Sky Sports. “We’re looking forward to that, to change the game we played last Thursday, get a good result and get to the next round.
“If you lose two times in a row, it’s good to have a good game again. We played well and go to the next round.
“We know everybody’s trying, but trying to get the good feeling back – one way is to work very hard – and try to change as quickly as possible. We showed the desire is there.”
Harry Kane scored a sublime hat-trick in the win at Craven Cottage to help set Spurs back on the right track.
Alderweireld will now be hoping that the game at Wembley on Thursday night will help them progress in the Europa League.
The former Ajax man has made 23 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in all competitions this season and is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs.
Spurs signed him from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for a fee of £11.5million after an impressive loan spell at Southampton the season before.
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