Tottenham Hotspur have been on a roll since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas last December.
Under new boss Tim Sherwood, Spurs have taken 13 points from their last six league matches, losing only one.
They will look to continue this run of form, and up the pressure on their top-five rivals, by beating Newcastle on Wednesday night.
However, despite the mounting pressure as the season winds down, Sherwood remains confident.
Speaking to reporters, he said: "Maths isn't my strong point, but I would say we can only possibly afford to lose four or five games maybe of what we have got left."
Though most sides who are hoping to contend for top-four placement are of the 'must-win' mentality, Sherwood is being pragmatic.
With fixtures against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all still to come, Tottenham are likely to be dropping points in some of their remaining matches.
"We're looking upwards rather than behind us," said Sherwood, "but we know it will be tough."
Sherwood also is very aware that other teams would love to bypass Tottenham and snag a European position.
Whether Sherwood's confidence is misplaced remains to be seen, but the fact remains that Spurs supporters are still smarting from the one point gap that kept them out of European football last year - a failure that likely cost them Gareth Bale, as it did Luka Modric in 2012.
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