Hugo Lloris says Tottenham must consistently qualify for the Champions League in order to progress to the next level, suggesting the current team are ready to do exactly that.
Spurs moved eight points above fifth-placed Chelsea in the battle for a top four finish after securing a first league win at Stamford Bridge for 28 years on Sunday.
Lloris was at fault for Alvaro Morata’s opener, missing his punch and allowing the Spaniard to head the ball into an empty net.
But Tottenham turned things around through Christian Eriksen’s stunning effort from distance and a Dele Alli double.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now in a good position to achieve Champions League qualification for a third successive season, something Lloris believes must be the minimum aim in the future.
“We were always quite honest with ourselves and we knew we have a lot of quality like the other top teams in the league,” Lloris said (via the Guardian).
“This is the most competitive league in the world and there are a lot of great teams but we’ve reduced the gap to them.
“Now we are ready to compete against them and we must maintain that, because Tottenham have to stay at this level at least.
“Obviously, with the new stadium, something big is waiting for us and we cannot see this future without the Champions League.
“So winning at Chelsea was a good answer, a collective answer, and we will keep working hard with the manager we have got. He will be behind us.”
Spurs will get he opportunity to win their first trophy since the League Cup success of 2008 if they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley later this month.
Winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Champions League – or arguably just one of those achievements – would constitute a successful season for Tottenham.
But there are clearly aspirations within the club to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League in the coming years.