Spurs would be gutted to exit Europa League and can cope with the schedule, insists Bentaleb

22:30 23 February 2015

Nabil Bentaleb

Nabil Bentaleb

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nabil Bentaleb insists Tottenham will be “gutted” if they are knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday, but he admits the players will need to up their game after Sunday’s poor performance against West Ham.

Mauricio Pochettino rested key players such as Harry Kane for last Thursday’s continental clash against Fiorentina, seemingly prioritising the bid to finish in the top four in the Premier League - and they failed to win either game.

Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw in the home leg of their European tie, giving them an uphill task in Italy this week, and they performed poorly against the Hammers on Sunday, going 2-0 down before staging a late comeback and grabbing a 2-2 draw at the death.

Once again, Tottenham are facing questions about whether the Europa League is undermining their league campaign, and whether it would really be a disaster if they exit the tournament in the last-32 stage this week.

But Bentaleb said: “This is not the way we think, we’d be gutted if we go out of the Europa League. We’re going to go to Fiorentina on Thursday to win that game. If we start thinking like this we’re not going anywhere. We have to keep that hunger we have inside us to want to win everything.

“We have big chances in both competitions. We have a large squad, we have the qualities to play well in this competition and I think we want to prove that.

“It’s not like everything’s back in doubt because we drew against West Ham. We know what we can do, we know what we want to do before the end of the season and we will keep working to get our targets.”

Bentaleb added: “We have to step up our game but that’s not a problem. We will give 100 per cent of what we have.

“You could see on Sunday we gave everything we had and we managed to get the point. Sometimes you have those days, everything is against you, but it’s in those moments you see the big teams that stand up and manage to get a good result.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Tottenham Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Tottenham Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Tottenham Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Tottenham Sports News

Yesterday, 12:05

When the board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust last sat down with Spurs’ hierarchy in September, the subject of domestic silverware came up.

Tue, 13:57

Jared Robinson scored Haringey’s seventh and final try in his last game for the club as the Rhinos halted West London’s winning start to the season and jumped into second place in the Herts/Middlesex Division Two table.

Tue, 12:33

Spurs Ladies’ latest hat-trick hero Wendy Martin says the Lilywhites are benefiting from the focus they have put on their attacking play and finishing after they took their remarkable tally to 26 goals in three games.

Mon, 12:30

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Winks is capable of playing in front of the back four by himself in Tottenham’s new system as the Lilywhites prepare to visit Liverpool in the League Cup tomorrow.

Breaking News

Yesterday, 12:05

When the board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust last sat down with Spurs’ hierarchy in September, the subject of domestic silverware came up.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?