Sandro admitted he was unhappy with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday, but insisted the stalemate was a ‘great point’ given the circumstances.
Spurs passed up the opportunity to move into third place, above rivals Arsenal, with one game remaining after they failed to muster a winner having fallen behind to a deflected Ciaran Clark strike before Emmanuel Adebayor levelled from the spot after 62 minutes.
Harry Redknapp’s side were forced to fight back from 1-0 down with ten men after Danny Rose was sent off for a dangerous tackle on former Spurs full-back Alan Hutton.
Chelsea contestt the Champions League final with Bayern Munich later this month, meaning finishing fourth no longer guarantees a place in Europe’s leading club competition, and Sandro, who won the penalty that Adebayor converted to level the scores, admitted he was ‘sad’ to see Spurs dropping points at such a crucial time.
“It was a very hard game,” Sandro told Spurs’ official website.
“We scored one goal, but it was tough. It’s a great point for us because we lost a player. It was so difficult, every player was behind the line and Villa were only looking to defend. It was difficult to score.
“I’m sad because I wanted to win this game, but now the next game is like a cup final. We can do it.”
Arsenal’s draw against Norwich on Saturday means the gap between the two north London rivals remains a point.
Spurs go up against Fulham at White Hart Lane knowing that a win would secure fourth place at the very least, while Arsenal face West Brom at the Hawthorns knowing defeat could see them fall out of the top four altogether if both Spurs and Newcastle, who play Everton, win.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admitted he was frustrated to drop points having dominated game, but says all is to play for with one game of the season left.
"It makes for an exciting last day of the season,” he said. "It's all to play for next week, there are so many different permutations. We can't do any worse than fourth if we win, so that's what we've got to make sure we do."