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Holtby: Spurs not scared of growing Arsenal threat

ESPN staff
March 26, 2013
Lewis Holtby has big plans for next season © Getty Images

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby thinks that his side can use the international break to get themselves back on track in the race for the top four.

Spurs looked set to walk into the Champions League next season, but they have lost their last three games - two in the Premier League and the other in the Europa League - and face Swansea on Saturday just four points ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Holtby was asked if he was worried that the gap was closing, but responded: "No we're not scared. That's the past. We are prepared.

"We have a lot of players who have seen that but we are prepared now and we have to just focus on our game. We don't look at the table, just win our games and at the end we can watch and hope that we are in the top four.

"We can definitely do it. We had 12 unbeaten league games, we had a very good run. And now we've had three disappointing games.

"These 12 days of international break are really good for us to clear everybody's head; to go to the national team and see something else. We will bounce back, especially in the next game.

"There are still a lot of games to play and I think we have the right mentality and the right quality to play Champions League next season."

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