Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to bring more good results to the table
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas understands his side has secured the Champions League spot yet, although they’ve certainly a huge blow into Arsenal’s dream of qualifying for the coveted European tournament.
Sunday night was a big night for Andre Villas-Boas and Co. since they took revenge upon Arsenal for the 5-2 hammering they faced earlier this season. Two quick goals from Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon and a header from Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker resulted in a 2-1 victory for the occupants of White Hart Lane.
The victory took Tottenham Hotspur back to the third spot, where they have acquired a two-point lead over Chelsea. Meanwhile, Arsenal remain fifth-placed, seven points away from Tottenham Hotspur, but five points away from a top four spot.
For the first time in 16 seasons, Arsene Wenger might be unable to secure a Champions League berth for Arsenal. Andre Villas-Boas believes the defeat should have a big psychological effect on Arsene Wenger’s team.
“Obviously it doesn't mean nothing because last year when Arsenal won to shorten the gap to seven points it felt that everything was too possible for Tottenham’s qualification and it shifted very, very quickly, so it is not a big margin yet for us to be completely safe,” Andre Villas-Boas said after the game.
“What we think is it can have a direct effect on their motivation - on ours too, obviously. But particularly on them because the difference from last year is we are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are in a negative spiral in terms of results - and to be out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.”
Victory over Arsenal means Tottenham Hotspur are now only two points away from second-placed Manchester City, who have to play against Aston Villa on Monday night. Andre Villas-Boas believes his side should not get ahead of themselves and concentrate on getting the best results with a pragmatic approach.
“At the moment we keep our feet on ground,” Andre Villas-Boas continued. “We still have some difficult games to play against big teams - Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City plus Everton - teams who have same objectives as ours, so it hasn’t finished yet. Everything is still possible and we just have to gather the most amount of points that we can.
“There is a great focus on trying to make this year the year we qualify for the Champions League once again. Everybody is bonding together regarding our objective.
“The players are our main reference as they have been absolutely outstanding. They make it public - they want to be in it. Their desire has been tremendous in these recent games. Everybody's ambition to be there. The club could be propelled into a big club in England in the future.”