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Sigurdsson: Spurs not giving up UCL

May 10, 2013
By ESPN news

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has rallied the club's troops by claiming they would "never give up" in their chase for Champions League football next season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson wheels away after scoring a late equaliser for Tottenham against Chelsea
GettyImagesGylfi Sigurdsson wheels away after scoring a late equaliser for Tottenham against Chelsea

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Spurs are running last in the race for a Premier League top-four spot with Chelsea and Arsenal leading their London rival with only two games remaining.

And with a poorer goal difference to boot, Tottenham coach Andre Villa-Boas admitted after the recent 2-2 draw with the Blues that the club's Champions League future was now out of their hands.

"The feeling is that a point is not bad, but it is not dependent on us now," Villas-Boas said. "Someone will have to drop points."

However, Sigurdsson has not given hope of playing in Europe's premier competition, believing Spurs will be ready to captialise if their rivals falter with the finish line in sight.

"Arsenal have two tough games," Sigurdsson told The Sun. "Hopefully we'll get six points and that will be enough.

"We've got Stoke on Sunday and then Sunderland in our last game. We have to make sure we're ready.

"We can score two goals in five minutes, we've got the kind of players who can do that. We now have to win the game against Stoke and then beat Sunderland.

"We've got to do our part and hopefully someone else can slip up."

But the Icelandic international's confidence could not hide the disappointment of failing to claim a precious victory against Chelsea.

Tottenham twice came from behind to earn a point at Stamford Bridge but Sigurdsson admitted it was two points less than the club needed.

"We knew we needed three points to keep it in our own hands but it wasn't to be," he said. "I thought we were going to nick it in the end.

"It was disappointing to go behind inside 10 minutes but Emmanuel Adebayor scored a great goal for us to get back into it. Hopefully it will be a big point for us come the end of the season.

"I thought we started quite slowly. Chelsea were on top but we got back into it and at the end it was very open, we could have nicked it.

"We knew how important it could be to get the third goal, so we gave it our all. Chelsea had chances as well, perhaps 2-2 was about fair."

"The result shows the character of the team. We never give up."