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May 13, 2013

Adebayor eyes UCL berth

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has reminded his team-mates about the magic of competing in the Champions League after his late goal at Stoke kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive going into the final game of the season.

Spurs moved two points clear of Arsenal in the Premier League after a battling victory at the Britannia Stadium, inspiring the Togo striker to fantasise about a return to Europe's elite competition.

"I had the chance to be in the Champions League for a few years and when you come out of the tunnel, you hear the music, we all want to be there," he said. "We have one more game to go so let's go and do it.

"This was an important game and we all knew we had to come here and win. Stoke scored an early goal and it was important to keep our belief. We did that and got the goal that won us the game.

"We knew that if we kept passing the ball, they would tire and that's what happened and we got our reward in the end."

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas believes his side "deserve to be rewarded" for their sustained push for a top-four finish, as they drew level with the points total collected by the Spurs side that finished fourth under the guidance of Harry Redknapp last season.

"Hopefully we can be rewarded for what we have done this season," said Villas-Boas ahead of Arsenal's game against Wigan on Tuesday night.

"This result enables us to play at home to Sunderland (next Sunday), and Arsenal have a tough trip to Newcastle.

"This puts more pressure on Arsenal and we hope Wigan have their day and then it will be an interesting final day of the season. We are still within reach of our objectives."

Villas-Boas set his side a points target of 70-points last month, yet there is a real possibility that they will claim two more than that and still cruelly miss out on qualification for the Champions League for a second season in succession.

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