Tuesday 23 January 2018

Saha using final agony to boost Spurs' top four aim

Ben Rumsby

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

Saha admitted being ruled out of Manchester United's Moscow triumph through injury was the lowest point of his career, particularly 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 Tottenham on transfer deadline day in January -- Spurs were challenging for the title at the time. Three months later, they are struggling to stay in the top four, and Saha is determined they do not falter with three games left.

"The low (in my career) is that night in the Champions League where I missed the final," said Saha. "I'm a very ambitious person. I don't play to participate only; I want to win the biggest competitions."

Tottenham travel to Bolton tonight, then they have 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 win three games and we are in it. It's not about trying to look at other teams. If you are focused on your ability to win those games, it should be fine."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle feels his recent encounters with Spurs at the Reebok show why his team should go into tonight's game full of confidence.

"I have had two encounters with Spurs at the Reebok -- a fifth-round FA Cup tie, which we drew and should have won, and then when we beat them last season," Coyle said. "So, we are going into this believing that if we are at our best, we can take points from the game."

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