Tottenham's reputation for end-of-season collapses has been enhanced somewhat by their past performances in the last two campaigns.
Each of which featured a dramatic slump in form resulting in their missing out on Europe's elite competition.
This, coupled with the loss of their talisman, Gareth Bale, has once again left supporters wondering whether or not their team has what it takes to finish in the top four.
However, Andre Villas-Boas has told his players to forget the past and look towards winning as many games as possible, come the end of the season. He told The Independent: "We don't look at ghosts in the past. We want to win games".
This may be easier said than done, with crucial games against Chelsea and Manchester City in the coming weeks. The value of Champions League football cannot be overlooked, with key players such as the aforementioned Bale looking to establish themselves as leading figures in European football; a feat which can only truly be achieved through consistent performances against Europe's top teams.
With teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in buying the Welsh international, Tottenham will hope that Champions League qualification is enough to ensure his prolonged stay at the club.
The worrying statistic for Spurs is that they are yet to win a game in 2013 in which Bale has failed to score. Particularly worrying is his injury-induced absence from what is arguably the most important part of the season.
Villas Boas is more than aware of the impact Bale has on his team, and will be hoping that the rest of his Tottenham team can step up when it really counts, and banish the memories of their past failures.
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