Berbatov: It’s essential for Tottenham to secure a top-four finish

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carling Cup Final
LONDON - FEBRUARY 24: Dimitar Berbatov of Tottenham Hotspur (R) celebrates with Robbie Keane as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Carling Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Dimitar Berbatov thinks Tottenham have stumbled a bit lately but expects them to cling on in the top-four fight until the end of the season.

Former Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov believes the Spurs will be back at their best after the international break.

“Spurs have stumbled badly lately, taking one point from four Premier League games, and that’s a concern,” he said via Daily Star.

“They have put so much pressure on themselves thanks to that bad run.”

“The last defeat – losing when leading at Southampton was bad – you just don’t let that happen if you want to be up among the best in the Premier League.

“I expect them to cling on in the top four fight but it’s going to be very tough.

Tottenham face City in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in April. They are clearly the underdogs, as the Citizens have won three of their five meetings since Pep Guardiola’s arrival.

The Bulgarian believes a top-four finish is more important for the Spurs, than getting past Manchester City in the Champions League.

However, they will still go and try to win the tie, no matter how tough it is going to be.

“Ultimately, the club will probably place more importance on maintaining their top four placing in the top-flight as it’s essential they are in that competition next season given how expensive the new ground has been.

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“But they aren’t going to play a weaker team in the Champions League.

“Imagine Mauricio Pochettino saying to one of his top players ‘I am going to rest you against City’.

“That player will go f***ing crazy. You want to hear that anthem and play that game.”

Tottenham face Liverpool in the next matchday of the Premier League, as the Spurs will be looking to end their bad run of four league games without a victory.

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