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Parker, Spurs on Champions League mission

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 14 Jan 2013

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Scott Parker says Tottenham Hotspur are determined to avoid the mistakes of last season and secure a berth in the Champions League.

Spurs won just four of their last 13 English Premier League matches last term, allowing local rivals Arsenal to leapfrog them into third place.

Chelsea’s surprise success in the Champions League final meant Spurs forfeited their spot in the qualifying stages of UEFA’s elite club competition, and they forced to settle for a place in the Europa League.

Speaking after a 0-0 draw at relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, Parker said the Tottenham squad will use the memory of last season’s disappointed as motivation.

“Maybe what (happened) in the past will stand us in good stead,” Parker said.

“That is in everyone’s minds because it’s happened before. I just think we can learn as a squad from missing out and stay strong.”

Parker also backed former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp to guide his new club QPR away from the wrong end of the Premier League table in the second half of the campaign.

“I think the world of Harry. He can have as big an impact as anyone,” he said.

“QPR were very resilient, they stuck to a game-plan which they had worked on. They went to Stamford Bridge and won, they got a point from a very good team and they’ve got a result against us.

“With Harry in there, and the way he is, he’s probably going to turn things around and there’s a chance for them.”

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