Villas-Boas sees tight finish

Andre Villas-Boas admitted that the battle for UEFA Champions League qualification was set to go down to the wire after his Tottenham Hotspur side drew 2-2 with Everton.

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Andre Villas-Boas: Confident that Tottenham can claim a place in the top four

Andre Villas-Boas: Confident that Tottenham can claim a place in the top four

Spurs needed a late Gylfi Sigurdsson equaliser to pick up a point after goals from Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas for Everton had overturned Emanuel Adebayor's early opener.

The result leaves Spurs fourth, just behind Chelsea on goal difference, while Arsenal trail by two points and Everton are four further back.

Tottenham have played a game more than all their rivals, and Villas-Boas said: "It's going to go down to the wire as it stands with Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham all in the frame for that Champions League qualification.

"In games like this you can really see how much desire is in both teams to get those objectives."

He added: "The positive aspect is we've been in this position, chasing, before. Arsenal feel their belief is because they finish seasons very strongly and that belief helps them.

"We don't look at ghosts in the past. We try to do our job properly. We want to win games."

The game was played on Sunday due to Spurs' ongoing participation in the Europa League and Villas-Boas was happy with his side's effort after a gruelling 2-2 draw against Basel on Thursday night.

"I think it was a good game, full of opportunities for both sides, a really competitive match," he added.

"We wanted to win so obviously we're not pleased but bearing in mind the circumstances, bearing in mind our super effort on Thursday it's good to see the team react once again.

"We left it late which didn't give us a chance to go on for the third but I think that their second goal comes a little bit against the run of play because we started the second half very, very well.

"But credit to an Everton side which battled their way through and played for an entertaining game."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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