Friedel targets top four

Image: Friedel: Thrilled to make the move to Tottenham and hopes to play regularly

Brad Friedel is keen to establish himself as No.1 at Spurs and says they can challenge for Champions League qualification.

Tottenham new boy hopes to be No.1

Brad Friedel is determined to establish himself as No.1 at White Hart Lane and believes Tottenham can challenge for UEFA Champions League qualification once again. Friedel, 40, signed for Spurs on a free transfer last month and will now compete with Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini for regular football under Harry Redknapp. Redknapp's confidence in Gomes diminished towards the end of last term after the Brazilian produced a series of blunders that led fans to fear their goalkeeper was quickly returning to the kind of erratic form that dogged him shortly after he arrived in 2008. Friedel and Gomes both started training at the club's base in Chigwell, Essex, on Monday ahead of next week's pre-season tour of South Africa. And the veteran American hopes his performances over the coming weeks will lead to him starting in goal against Everton on the opening day of the season. "My ambition is to get the number one spot. That's one of the reasons why I signed with Tottenham - to play football," Friedel told the club's official website. "Obviously the decision is down to the manager but I am just going to go out and work as hard as I can now. Hopefully I will be the number one goalkeeper." Despite his mistakes, Gomes still put in some superb performances last season and Friedel acknowledges that he faces tough competition from the popular former PSV Eindhoven man and Cudicini. "Every club now has at least two top-quality goalkeepers. That's been the same at every club I have been at," Friedel said. "You are always going to have two keepers who are going to want to play and bust a gut to make sure they do play and that's no different here."

Talented squad

Friedel admitted he never thought he would leave Villa last year, but the fall-out from Martin O'Neill's resignation just before the start of the season, and Gerard Houllier's troubled reign, convinced him that moving to London was a much better option. "I just wanted to get through to Christmas and I always thought that if I was fit enough I would end up re-signing for Villa," Friedel added. "They did offer me a contract but when I had six months left I got offers from a few clubs. "I just felt that after speaking with the chairman and the gaffer here that this was the place I wanted to be. I liked the prospect of trying to get the team back into the Champions League." Spurs finished fourth in 2009/10 and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, but had to settle for fifth place in the Premier League and a Europa League spot. Friedel has been impressed with what he has seen since arriving and is convinced the squad is capable of bouncing back to make the top four. "The squad that has been pulled together here is a very talented squad, one of the most talented squads that I have ever been in," Friedel added. "We had a very good run in the Champions League last season. We weren't far off qualifying for it again through the league and we won't be far off again this season."

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