Michael Dawson keeps focus on top four

Keep faith in Michael DawsonMichael Dawson admits Spurs are desperate to secure Champions League football ahead of Sunderland’s visit on Sunday.

Spurs finished fourth last season but missed out on a place in Europe’s top competition due to the fact Chelsea landed the Champions League title but failed to secure a top-four finish.

Dawson’s side host Sunderland on Sunday and are fifth in the league heading into the final round of fixtures.

Spurs are one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who travel to Newcastle on Sunday, and three adrift of Chelsea in third, although their two London rivals have superior goal differences.

If Spurs beat Sunderland they will end with a club record of 72 points in the Premier League era but Dawson concedes that will mean very little if they fail to secure a place in the Champions League.

“If we win and get 72 it will be a great season, but it will only be a fantastic season if we get that Champions League spot,” Dawson said. “That’s what we set out to achieve at the start of the season.

“If we can get that number of points then great but we want to be in the Champions League with the way we missed out on it last year.”

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