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Though admitting that "the stats don't lie" as to the benefits of avoiding European fixture congestion, the Spurs boss has no intention of trying to avoid qualification

Tottenham will continue to push for a place in next season's Europa League despite the fixture congestion that the tournament brings, says manager Tim Sherwood.

Spurs have featured in the competition for the past three seasons, reaching the last 16 this term before losing to Benfica, but their European exploits might arguably have damaged the club's hopes of achieving a top-four finish in the Premier League, which brings the more lucrative reward of Champions League football.

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Sherwood, though, is still determined to finish the season in a position to return to the cup, with his side sixth after 34 games.

"We are just focusing on trying to finish as high up the league as possible," he told the press.

"People do say that the less games you have, the more chance you have of emulating Liverpool [who have not played in Europe this season and are currently top of the league].

"The last time we qualified for the Champions League, the year before we weren't in the Europa League. The stats don't lie.

"But we're certainly not going to go on to the field and try to lose a game now with four to go so we don't qualify. That is not going to happen."

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