AVB confident Tottenham qualifying for Champions League this year
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has faith in his side qualifying for the Champions League, despite fierce competition from Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool. Andre Villas-Boas believes his side needs to secure 16 points in order to grab a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur suffered a rare hat-trick of defeat before the international week, which has put a huge dent in Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League dream. Andre Villas-Boas insists his players are capable of chasing for the coveted European spot.
Tottenham Hotspur have accumulated 54 points from 30 games this season. Andre Villas-Boas believes he will have to reach the 70-point mark in order to confirm Champions League action for next season. The former Chelsea manager admits that back consecutive defeat against Liverpool and Fulham have critically damaged Tottenham Hotspur’s campaign.
“Normally the 70-72 point margin is enough to be within those four spots, normally 70,” Andre Villas-Boas said. “We have 24 points to play for, so I think another 16 will be enough, but you never know what dictates. It is very unpredictable, but at this time we are within our objectives.
“Now there are eight games to the end of the season and most teams have to get their act together. We have done excellently to build a gap before, but with the two league defeats we have our opponents are a bit closer to us. We have to recognise that the conditions have changed. As it has shifted so quickly for us, it shifts very quickly for any team in the Premier League when you don't get results. We have to get our act together.
“My message to the fans is we are perfectly within our objectives. The margin is a little less than what it was before, but if we had this margin before, it was because we were excellent in doing our job. It doesn't mean we can't be excellent in doing our job again. We believe in the players and what they are doing.”
Andre Villas-Boas rubbished claims suggesting his team was suffering from a “groundhog-day” scenario, which would consequently see them lose their position to another team. Tottenham Hotspur were on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League last year as well, but they missed out on the competition in the last moment.
“I don't think it is an issue,” Andre Villas-Boas added. “We have to reflect on this, like we did with the late goals we were conceding. This is something that has happened before, but it doesn't mean it has to happen again. Circumstances are different, training is different, the leader is different, players are different. At this moment, it has nothing to do with past experience, but [the mental side] is very, very important.
“The players feel inspired by our objectives. Fortunately for us, we have two competitions we are doing strongly in and the motivation to achieve our objectives in the league or to be in the Europa League final can only be a positive.”