Gareth Bale believes Tottenham have put an end to their recent poor run of form thanks to a hard earned draw against Chelsea on Saturday, with the Welshman now targeting a return to third place at the expense of rivals Arsenal.
Spurs recent slump, which saw them record just two wins in their last ten league games, allowed the Gunners to leapfrog them into third place while also putting their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season at risk.
Harry Redknapp’s side emerged from the weekend with their five point cushion from fifth placed Chelsea intact after securing a point at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with eight games of the season remaining for both sides.
However it was the north London side that felt as though they should have taken away maximum points from the game for the first time since 1990, and Bale believes the quality of their performance has given them the belief to go and end the season on a high.
“We haven't been at our best in the last month so it was vitally important that we put in a good performance and got a positive result at Stamford Bridge," Bale told Spurs TV Online.
"Now hopefully we can get back to winning in the next game and then kick on and get that third spot.
"We need Arsenal to lose now so we can get back on level terms.
He added: "The lads all know we have stopped the rot now. I think we have had our blip now and now we can look forward to some positive results and get back where we belong."
While Bale is focused on securing a top four finish in the Premier League, manager Redknapp says the F.A Cup is also a priority this season.
Spurs face a tough task in winning their first Premier League game since their 5-0 victory over Newcastle last month this weekend as they play hosts to Swansea who held them to a 1-1 draw earlier in the season, but first they must face Bolton in the semi-finals of the F.A Cup on Tuesday.
The original tie was postponed after just 40 minutes when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch having suffered a cardiac arrest, and while Redknapp admits Muamba’s collapse ‘knocked him flat’ he says he is keen to get going in the competition once more.
"It (the FA Cup) is a big thing for us, definitely," said Redknapp. "I'd be bitterly disappointed if we didn't make the semi-final now. It's a game we want to win.
"We want Champions League football but also I want an FA Cup final.
"I want to win the cup and qualify for the Champions League as well. That's the aim."
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