The France international calls on his team-mates to prove their ability and secure a top-four spot, and with it Champions League qualification, by the end of the season
Andre Villas-Boas's side lost their three games before the international break, losing ground to Arsenal, and the Frenchman feels that the spell away from the club will help the squad recharge their batteries ahead of the run-in.
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"We did very well for 12 games and we lost against Liverpool and Fulham, but the most important thing is the reaction.
"I think the international break was a good thing for us, to help us find energy for the end of the season. We now have eight games which are like eight finals.
"I think Tottenham have the quality today to challenge other teams but we need time because we don't have experience.
"In a few seasons we can close that deficit but we need time and we need to play high-level games in the Champions League, we have ambition to put this club in the top four every year."