Tottenham set twin targets by Mousa Dembele - finish in the top-four and win the Europa League

Tottenham play Benfica in the next round of the Europa League following their comeback against Dnipro

Mousa Dembele has his eyes on a top-four Barclays Premier League finish and European success after Tottenham came from behind to beat Dnipro and advance to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Having fallen 2-0 behind on aggregate in the second leg at White Hart Lane on Thursday a Christian Eriksen free-kick and a quickfire Emmanuel Adebayor double turned the tie in favour of Spurs.

Now, with a last-16 clash with Benfica to come, Tim Sherwood's side return to domestic matters when they welcome struggling Cardiff to north London on Sunday.

Following last weekend's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Norwich, fifth-placed Spurs cannot afford to lose any further ground on the top four but Dembele is still striving for success on both fronts.

"A club like Tottenham are up there with the top teams and I think they have to be in the Champions League," he said.

"I play with these players every day and of course it is my opinion, that we need to be in the Champions League.

"There are a lot of good teams in the Premier League and we have to work hard to reach the top four.

"We want to win something, too, and if we can get the Europa League, we will take it with both hands."

Having replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December, Sherwood has brought stability to White Hart Lane and the comeback against Dnipro could now act as a catalyst to cement his position as head coach in the longer term.

He signed an initial 18-month contract but is having to deal with constant speculation he will be replaced in the summer by the likes of Frank de Boer or Louis van Gaal.

But Dembele is happy working under Sherwood and insists the whole squad is behind the 45-year-old.

"Would I like him to stay long term? That's not for me to decide," Dembele added.

"But how it looks now I think the team has confidence, we're playing much better and of course everybody is happy. After that the club has to decide, but as a team I think right now we are very happy."

Following the defeat at former club Norwich, Sherwood is keen to use the Dnipro result as a springboard for improved Premier League form.

"It is a big platform for us," he said.

"On the back of a poor game at Norwich we should be bouncing into the game against Cardiff. You are only as good as your last game and on Thursday we were very good.

"It will be a tough game. (Cardiff) are fighting for their lives and are bottom of the league.

"They have some maverick players who on their day can win games so we will be cautious of them but buoyed at the same time by the performance )against Dnipro). We should win that game."

PA

Suggested Topics
Voices
There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
charity appealTime is running out to secure your favourite lot as our auction closes at 2pm today
News
File: James Woods attends the 52nd New York Film Festival at Walter Reade Theater on September 27, 2014
peopleActor was tweeting in wake of NYPD police shooting
Sport
Martin Skrtel heads in the dramatic equaliser
SPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal match report: Bandaged Martin Skrtel heads home in the 97th-minute
News
Billie Whitelaw was best known for her close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, here performing in a Beckett Trilogy at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
people'Omen' star was best known for stage work with Samuel Beckett
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'