Danny Rose urges Tottenham to make season their best ever

Meanwhile, Rose has said it is "vital" to Spurs's future that Christian Eriksen signs a new contract at the club.

Christian Eriksen broke through Brighton's resistance with a late goal to give Tottenham a 1-0 victory in the Premier League yesterday and boost the London club's Champions League qualification bid.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton shake hands after the final whistle of the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

The Dane is out of contract at the end of next season and is now stalling on a new deal, with Real Madrid reported to be interested in signing him.

Spurs' joy at edging out Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League European tie was dampened by the loss of striker Harry Kane to another ankle injury early in the second half.

"I try to be positive but missing this semi-final makes me so sad, so disappointed", he said. I was warmed up to shoot and very pleased it went in. Brighton are a hard team to play against because they are waiting for us, everyone was in their box so it's hard to find any space to play any football and create any big chances.

The Seagulls, fighting for their lives at the other end of the table, defended with 11 men behind the ball and it looked like Spurs were headed towards a first goalless draw in 68 games until Eriksen came to the rescue.

Apparently los Blancos are now ready to refocus their efforts on trying to secure Paul Pogba from Manchester United and Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard.

"Of course when you get to this stage of the season, a little bit of fatigue can start to kick in and every little helps".

"We need to take whatever we can from these last two performances and they have been "better feel" performances for us".

"We're in a pressurised position but it is only us that have put us there".

  • Angelo Rivera