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AVB: Only top four will do

Andre Villas-Boas feels Tottenham must secure a top-four finish if they are to consider their season to have been a success.

Last Updated: 01/04/13 at 00:30 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Aware of how important it is for Tottenham to reach the Champ

Andre Villas-Boas: Aware of how important it is for Tottenham to reach the Champ

Spurs have spent much of the 2012/13 campaign in and around the UEFA Champions League places, but have work to do if they are to get over that particular line.

With North London rivals Arsenal breathing down their neck, and with Merseyside duo Everton and Liverpool still in the hunt, Villas-Boas knows his side have little margin for error.

He hopes past disappointments will not come back to haunt Tottenham and concedes that if they were to suffer a late drop down the standings, it would be difficult to argue that he has taken things forward.

Villas-Boas, who replaced Harry Redknapp in the White Hart Lane hot-seat last summer, said: "The circumstances, players, leaders, training are different. So at this moment, it has nothing to do with past experiences.

"Obviously it can happen. We have to reflect on it like on the late goals we suffered this season. The more you work on it the more you will get out of it. It has happened before, but it doesn't mean it will happen again.

"Our ultimate objective is Champions League qualification. If we don't achieve it we have to consider what has been achieved this season as steps forward, which are positive for the club and the team going forward, bearing in the mind the players the team lost.

"But it's not up to me to judge. If you want to move forward, you move forward by qualifying for the Champions League."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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