Tottenham are on the verge of crashing out of the UCL, but will try to stay in Europe by qualifying for the Europa League, according to Jan Vertonghen.
The North London club are playing their last UCL group game against CSKA Moscow, but will miss out on the last-16 and will only qualify for the Europa league with a win over the Russian club.
Vertonghen says Spurs remain hungry for continental football and tipped the club for a run to the Europa League final.
“I love playing in Europe,” he told a news conference. “Obviously I prefer to play in the Champions League but we have the squad and the fitness to cope with two games a week, and I prefer to play two games a week than just one, so we’ll do everything to win that game.
“We are very disappointed not to go through in the Champions League but Tottenham wants to win trophies, wants to compete at the highest level and the Europa League is a good competition, a perfect competition for us to compete for the final or to go as far as possible.
“As a club, we raised our standards and we’re all here for that. Since the manager came, we created a new mentality and there’s a lot of different things going on at this club that are very positive.
“The fact we are disappointed to be out of the Champions League is very positive, as that’s where we want to play and where we belong as well.”