Tottenham ace urges his teammates to fight for Europa victory

Michael Dawson urged his Tottenham teammates to overcome unfavourable odds by winning tonight’s Europa quarter-final against Basel, reported The Daily Mail.

The 29-year-old defender believed that his club could take inspiration from his improbable season with the Spurs, after he turned down a £10m bid from QPR to stay at White Hart Lane, and insisted they could advance to the club’s first Europa League semi-final in 29 years.

“I could have left Tottenham but I never, ever gave it a thought. It’s amazing where a bit of hard work can get you,” said Dawson.

The English defender began the season as the fifth-choice for centre-back, but after an injury to Younes Kabuol, Dawson fought his way back into the regular lineup and has become one of the team’s most important defenders.

“Sometimes it isn’t easy, but you have to keep believing. We’re in a good position to go through, despite what some think.”

He continued by mentioning other instances in which the club prevailed against the odds, referring to the match against Lyon in which they were minutes away from elimination when Mousa scored a late goal.

Despite being contenders for a top-four place in the Premier League, the Spur have yet to win a road game in Europe this season.

“We have great players and we have belief in them and we go into the game with ambition,” he said.

“You ride your luck sometimes but we’re still in the hat and still fighting.”

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