Spurs ace insists Man United approach must be continued

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is adamant that his side should not alter their attacking approach despite the humbling 3-0 weekend loss at Manchester United, and that getting into the top four remains their target.

The Lilywhites’ defeat at Old Trafford, allied to wins for Arsenal and Liverpool, leaves them six points off the Champions League qualification spots, and has led many to suggest that their hopes of getting back into Europe’s biggest competition are fading.

And with a relatively inferior goal difference – the Londoners have shipped 42 – their chances will be reduced further should they fail to get a result against Leicester City in their next fixture.

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But Dembele believes that rather than change the playing style brought in by Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham must keep going and believing:

“We didn’t do it at Old Trafford and that game was different from what we are used to, but we are playing well. We have shown this season what we can do against the big sides.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“We want to end the season in a good rhythm. Has our chance of a top-four finish gone? We don’t need to think like that otherwise we could become demotivated. Let’s try to win all our remaining games and see where we end.

“We didn’t do it at Old Trafford and that game was different from what we are used to, but we are playing well. We have shown this season what we can do against the big sides.

“We want to end the season in a good rhythm. Has our chance of a top-four finish gone? We don’t need to think like that otherwise we could become demotivated. Let’s try to win all our remaining games and see where we end.

“We have three more full days before the Leicester game to concentrate. We have a good group and a good mentality so I hope we bounce back at the right moment.”

Spurs have impressed with their swashbuckling style for much of the campaign, with their memorable 5-3 victory against Chelsea over the winter period one of the standout results of the 2014/15 season.