Tottenham star plays down title challenge

Lewis Holtby (TOTTENHAM)Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has played down talk of a challenge for the Premier League title, instead insisting that the club are purely focused on qualification for the Champions League.

Spurs have made a fine start to the 2013/14 campaign, gathering 13 points from their opening six league fixtures to leave them second in standings behind bitter rivals Arsenal.

The North Londoners drew 1-1 with Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but enjoyed large spells of dominance against the Blues.

Despite claims that they are now firmly in the race for the title, Holtby – who came on as a substitute in the second half – has played down talk of becoming champions of England for the first time since 1961:

“Everyone can dream but our main aim is to get Champions League football,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think we’ve got the quality and the ability in the whole squad to do that, I’m very confident. It’s a long season and everyone has to be at the top level to reach that.

“We have to keep on progressing. It’s very early in the season, we have to keep working hard. We’ve got a couple of games now where we have to get some points and stick up top and defend our place up in the top four.”

Holtby’s future at Spurs has been the subject of much debate, with a number of players ahead of him in Andre Villas-Boas’ pecking order.

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