Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is still confident at qualifying for the Champions League despite their shock home loss to Fulham on Saturday.
Spurs were overtaken by Chelsea after the defeat to Fulham as old boy Dimitar Berbatov came back to haunt White Hart Lane. Despite back to back defeats in the league to Fulham and Liverpool, AVB remains confident of leading his side to a top four finish, and shrugged off the notion that Spurs would throw Champions League qualification away like last season after a poor end to the season.
“The situation has shifted, it has become difficult,” Villas-Boas told itv.com.
“We have the direct games against Arsenal and Chelsea which can enable us to get back to third hopefully, or bring Manchester City closer to us.
“The margin over Arsenal is what we want to build and we have to get the most amount of points from the next games,” he added.
Spurs finished in fourth place last season, but because Chelsea won the Champions League, they went into the competition at Spurs’ expense. However poor form meant that Spurs dropped to fourth after spending much of the season challenging for the title.
They looked a shadow of themselves on Saturday with some lacklustre defending and poor passing and for a team of their quality that is not good enough. It is clear that they will need to qualify for the Champions League if they are to hold on to star player Gareth Bale.
The former Chelsea boss, believes that Spurs’ next two games will prove vital in their pursuit of Champions League football.
“After the international break we have to get back to business and do our job against Swansea and try to collect the points there to put us in a more comfortable position by the time we play Manchester City.”