Sport Rose: Focus now back on league form

11:25  07 december  2017
11:25  07 december  2017 Source:

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Danny Rose says he is glad to put the Champions League on hold to focus on improving Tottenham's league form . "It's nice that the Champions League is over for a month or two now and we have to get our Premier League form back on track because we've not been good enough recently," said Rose .

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Danny Rose says Tottenham must now focus on improving their poor league form after qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Spurs concluded the group stage of the European competition in style with a 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia, having already guaranteed top spot over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Despite their strong Champions League form, Mauricio Pochettino's side have failed to win their last four Premier League matches and Rose is now targeting on turning around that poor domestic run, starting on Saturday when they host Stoke.

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"It's nice that the Champions League is over for a month or two now and we have to get our Premier League form back on track because we've not been good enough recently," said Rose.

"We're looking forward to concentrating on that and climbing the league.

"We know in the changing that we have not been good enough, we've not started games well enough but we have every belief that we can put that right this weekend."

Spurs have dropped to sixth in the Premier League table and are 18 points behind leaders Manchester City, but Rose revealed he has told his team-mates that they should use last season's form to inspire a revival.

"Since the manager has been here we have always had a good December and January," he said.

"I said to the guys before the game, this time last year we lost to Man United and after that we went on a great run throughout Christmas and January."

Rose had to come off during the victory on Wednesday night with an eye injury and was visibly frustrated at being substituted, but the England left-back admitted the decision was ultimately probably the right one.

"I wasn't happy but I could tell from the manager's reaction that I had to come off," he said.

"He said straight away: 'you're coming off', and I was disappointed but it's probably the right decision and hopefully I can recover now and be part of the squad on the weekend."

Improved reliability Renault's first aim .
Improving reliability is Renault’s first goal of the 2018 season. The team finished sixth in the constructors’ championship, more than 300 points behind customer team Red Bull Racing, and faced numerous reliability problems with the engine and chassis. In a bid to close the gap to the front of the field, Renault’s first aim of 2018 is to improve its milage in the winter test. “We need to focus on what matters, on what counted, this year, which is in particular the first goal – to have a very reliable car as soon as the winter tests,” F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul told Autosport. “We want to be right up there in terms of mileage. “We have not defined the target next year in terms of the championship, but the first target we have set ourselves is to be top three in terms of mileage for the winter tests.” At the start of 2017, Renault was eighth in terms of milage. To reach third in the order, the team would have needed to have completed 500 more laps. Renault advisor Alain Prost believes the poor reliability held back the team during the season. “At the end of the second part of the season, we were very close to being – most of the time – the fourth team in terms of performance,” Prost told Autosport. “We had reliability problems, and when you have reliability problems, you have to go down in terms of performance. “It’s not an excuse, but what we showed in Abu Dhabi was when we put everything together, with the pressure we had, we managed to do it. “If we wanted to, we could go a little bit more, but we wanted to be a little bit safe.

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