Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

King celebrates Tottenham's special moment

Tottenham captain and man of the match Ledley King was thrilled after the 1-0 win at Manchester City secured his side's place in the Champions League.

Peter Crouch sealed fourth place in the Barclays Premier League for Spurs with an 82nd-minute header at Eastlands.

"The supporters have been waiting for this for a long time, as the players have," King told Sky Sports 2.

"We've worked hard all season for this and you can see how much it meant today."

King played down the Champions League place as Tottenham, unless they overhaul north London rivals Arsenal and finish third, will have to go through qualifying to reach the group stages of Europe's elite competition.

"At the moment we're in fourth place. We still have to qualify for the Champions League," added King, who plays on despite a chronic knee injury.

"But that's why I still work hard to get on the pitch, because of moments like this."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini looked stunned after the match.

Asked whether he would be staying on as boss, Mancini smiled and said: "I think so."

However, whether a place in the Europa League will be enough to appease the Manchester City hierarchy remains to be seen.

Mancini added: "It's disappointing because I think we played a good game, a game we had to win or we went out of the Champions League.

"I think we've had a good season because we'll play in the Europa League next year and we've improved a lot.

"I'm disappointed with this result, but it's football."

Mancini had spoken with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak immediately after the match.

"He's disappointed because we lost, this is normal," added the Italian.

"He said thank you to all the team, because for us it was a good season."

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