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Spurs striker rules out contender status

Ade wary of City strength

By | 23rd November 2011

On-loan Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes that the most realistic aim for the Spurs is to fight for a top-four finish rather than aiming specifically for the first place, which is currently occupied by his parent club Manchester City.

The Citizens endured a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Napoli last night and are now on the verge of elimination from Europe’s top-tier club competition.

A potential third-place finish in their Champions League group will not only see City join the Spurs in the Europa League, but it is also likely to enhance their focus on maintaining the advantage they currently hold on the domestic front.

Therefore, Adebayor is wary of the difficulty involved in competing with City’s massive squad and has urged his teammates to avoid getting carried away by talk of becoming champions this season.

“I don’t think our battle is to catch Manchester City. Our battle is to finish in the top four,” Adebayor told the Telegraph.

The Togolese forward added: “I came here with a target to help the team finish in the top four. If I can’t help the team to get in the top four, I will have failed.”

The Spurs have been in terrific form since losing their two opening fixtures consecutively to the Mancunian giants.

With their domestic unbeaten streak adding more pressure on Chelsea, who have thus far failed to live up to their reputation as London’s strongest team, Adebayor has provided his approval over recent suggestions that Harry Redknapp’s men are perhaps the best in the English capital at the moment.

“Judging on today, the way Chelsea are playing and the way we are playing for sure we are better than them,” Adebayor stated, before showing awareness of the Blues’ true potential.

“But I have big respect for Chelsea, they can start now and win all their games until the end of the season,” the former Arsenal and Real Madrid player concluded.

The Spurs will travel to the Midlands to face West Bromwich Albion this weekend before returning home to host PAOK Salonika in the Europa League, a competition where they were last beaten 1-0 by Rubin Kazan in Russia.

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