Following the 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night (Wednesday), Andre Villas-Boas admits that Champions League qualification is now out of Tottenham Hotspur’s hands.
A point means Spurs now sit fifth in the Premier League table, three points astray of Chelsea and one point behind bitter rivals Arsenal.
It all means AVB needs a stumble from one of his rivals in the final two games of the season
Talking to London Evening Standard, the ex-Chelsea chief said: “We are not in charge of our destiny. But, we don't depend on ourselves any more. The reality is that we have to do our job and hopefully something can happen.”
All three sides meet teams fighting at the opposite end of the table in their penultimate fixtures of the league campaign. Spurs and Chelsea face tricky away ties at struggling Stoke and Aston Villa respectively, while Arsenal play Wigan on Tuesday - just three days after the Latics contest the club’s first FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.
"This next fixture is decisive for everybody," added AVB. "Arsenal have had time to rest (since their 1-0 win at QPR last Saturday). It won't be an advantage for Wigan to play after an FA Cup final so early, but that's the reality.
"Chelsea have a difficult game at Villa, we have an extremely difficult game against Stoke. I think anything can happen.”
Spurs host Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland on the final day of the season, whilst Chelsea meet Villa at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal travel to Newcastle United, who are also not yet safe from the drop to the Npower Championship