Joe Ledley believes Crystal Palace must beat Tottenham Hotspur if they are to continue their push for Europa League football.
The Eagles are, however, winless in five Premier League games, a record they’ll be keen to undo against a more-than-competent Spurs side.
Speaking to Standard Sport, Ledley said:
We want to get into Europe so these are the games we need to start winning. Spurs are in a strong position as well but we need to beat the teams around us.
Ledley also discussed Tottenham’s qualities and how he’s been impressed with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
They [Spurs] play great football and defend well as a team. When they press high, they obviously leave gaps in behind which you can expose. It is going to be a very difficult game and, hopefully, the fans will be behind us at Selhurst because they make it a difficult place to come.
Ledley joined Palace in 2014 from Celtic, and since then has had tough competition from the squad – including newly acquired Yohan Cabaye.
On Cabaye, Ledley was complimentary, despite the Frenchman being his route cause for less game time.
When you see people like Yohan Cabaye coming in, you can see the club are going in the right direction and that is what you want. But it is obviously difficult as I have been first choice everywhere I’ve been. It is new to me but it is about mental strength, keeping your head and trying to work as hard off the pitch.
Alan Pardew takes his side to White Hart Lane this Saturday, where Ledley will be hoping to continue his recent run in the team.