King tells Tottenham colleagues to continue European form in the League

Ledley King has told his team-mates it is time to follow up a European success with three points in the League.

Ledley King has told his team-mates it is time to follow up a European success with three points in the League.

admits the club have too often allowed their standards to slip in Premier League games in the immediate aftermath of their European matches.

"This is what we've struggled to do in recent years," said the 29-year-old, who shook off a groin injury to help Tottenham beat the Dutch champions 4-1 and join Inter Milan at the top of Champions League Group A.

"When we've been in Europe in the past, our league form has suffered, so that's what we want to put right this season."

Spurs followed last month's Champions League play-off hammering of Young Boys by losing to Wigan and also struggled to beat Wolves after their 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen.

King added: "We slipped up against Wigan and losing that game gives us an incentive not to let it happen again.

"People are now looking at us after we've played our European games.

"The spotlight is on us and teams are waiting for us to slip up, saying we're the same old Tottenham.

"We don't want to be like that. We're at home to Villa and those are the games that we need to take three points from.

"We needed to bounce back against Twente after losing to West Ham and we didn't dwell on that and got the result we wanted. Now we will think about Saturday's game."

 
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