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Holtby eyeing second place

3 March 2013 14:38

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby says his side have what it takes to reach second place in the Premier League.

A win at White Hart Lane over bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday would leave Spurs seven points clear of the fifth-placed Gunners and well on course to finish in the top four and secure entry into the Champions League.

While Andre Villas-Boas' side would consider that a huge achievement in his debut season in charge, January signing Holtby feels the club can do even better and potentially catch Manchester City and take second place.

"I'm new to the club but I've played in derbies - Schalke against Dortmund, the mother of all derbies they call it, in front of 80,000 - we won that away this year, 2-1," he told reporters.

"They are emotional, they are great games but as a player you have to be cool in these games. We need to stay in third place and, maybe, have a little sniff at Man City. I want to be glorious with the club."

The Germany youngster had agreed to move to Tottenham at the end of the season when his contract at Schalke was due to expire, but Spurs pushed through a January deal - and Holtby said having already played against Arsenal in Europe this season is a bonus.

"Mentally, for me, it's not bad to have gained four points against them (in the Champions League)," he continued.

"We were 2-0 down at home and got it back to 2-2. At the Emirates we won 2-0. So it's good for my head that we can beat Arsenal as well. I think we have the quality to beat them, especially at home, but it's going to be an intense game."

The 21-year-old is still finding his feet in the Premier League but feels he is in the right country to improve his game, and praised his new boss Villas-Boas for the mental strength his gives to the side.

"I loved playing for Schalke but, for me, it was the perfect time to move to Spurs," he said.

"I have made the right decision - my dream was always to play in the Premier League. In my position, in midfield, (Villas-Boas) gives me a free role and tells me to get involved. He's doing a real good job."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
3 March 2013
Game week
28
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
36170

Goals

G. Bale 37'
(assist by G. Sigurðsson) 
1 - 0
A. Lennon 39'
(assist by S. Parker) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
51' P. Mertesacker
 (assist by T. Walcott)

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +23 39
2 16 +19 36
3 16 +12 31
4 16 +8 28
5 16 +12 26
6 16 +9 26
7 16 -2 24
8 16 -4 23
9 16 +2 22
10 16 +3 21
11 16 -3 21
12 16 -3 19
13 16 -10 19
14 16 -5 17
15 16 -10 16
16 16 -5 15
17 16 -13 15
18 16 -13 14
19 16 -8 13
20 16 -12 10

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