Tottenham's season will be regarded as a failure if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, Scott Parker has admitted.
An 11-match unbeaten run towards the end of 2011 had left some claiming the current Spurs group were on a par with the 1961 double-winning squad, but the Londoners have won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League games and were knocked out of the FA Cup in controversial style thanks to Chelsea's 5-1 victory on Sunday.
In a frank interview which followed the thrashing, Parker conceded that after starting the season so well, it would be a disaster if Tottenham could not bring Champions League football to White Hart Lane next term, claiming: "If we don't end up fourth we will have failed as a squad."
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