Louis Saha desperate for Champions League chance with Tottenham

 

Louis Saha has revealed how the pain of missing the 2008 Champions League final is driving him to ensure he plays in next season's competition with Tottenham.

Saha yesterday admitted being ruled out of Manchester United's Moscow triumph through injury was the lowest point of his career, especially as he has had to wait another four years for a chance to rejoin the elite of Europe.

The striker looked certain to do so when he joined a Tottenham side on transfer deadline day in January who were challenging for the Barclays Premier League title.

Three months later, they are struggling to stay in the top four, and Saha is determined they do not screw up in their last three games of the season.

"The low (in my career) is that night in the Champions League where I missed the final," Saha told Press Association Sport at a book signing for his self-penned autobiography, 'Thinking Inside the Box', at Canary Wharf Waterstones.

"I'm a very ambitious person. I don't play to participate only.

"I want to win the biggest competitions if it's possible. So if I can participate and win it in, I'll try my best."

Spurs travel to Bolton tomorrow before another away game at Aston Villa and a home clash with Fulham.

Saha, who is hoping to earn an extension to his six-month contract, said: "We need to win, that's for sure.

"We win three games, we are in it. That's simple. It's not trying to look at other teams and results.

"If you are focused on your quality and ability to win those games, it should be fine."

The 33-year-old also admitted it was vital Tottenham made big-name signings, not sales, this summer as the club digested the news Harry Redknapp had been snubbed in his bid to become England manager.

Redknapp looked set to remain Spurs boss this morning, with the Football Association expected to announce Roy Hodgson as Fabio Capello's successor in the next 24 hours.

One of Redknapp's first tasks will be to refocus his energies on getting Tottenham into next season's Champions League, something that may be key to them keeping hold of their best players.

Gareth Bale last week refused to confirm he would stay at Spurs if they failed to finish in the top four, while Luka Modric may also make a renewed attempt to quit the club were that to happen.

Saha said it was "very important" Tottenham's squad was stronger, not weaker, next season.

"Especially when you're trying to win the championship," he added.

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