Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham still confident of fourth place despite shock loss to Fulham

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Andre Villas-Boas is still confident of leading Tottenham to a top four finish despite their 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham.

Spurs were relegated a position to fourth in the league after Dimitar Berbatov scored the only goal at White Hart Lane to round off a poor week for the North London side.

Despite yesterday's result and their defeat on Merseyside to Liverpool last week, Portuguese boss Villas-Boas is still confident Tottenham can qualify for the next season's Champions League.

He insists there will not be a repeat of last term's disappointment when Spurs threw away Champions League qualification thanks to a poor last quarter.

"The situation has shifted, it has become difficult," Villas-Boas told

"We have the direct games against Arsenal and Chelsea which can enable us to get back to third hopefully, or bring Manchester City closer to us.

"The margin over Arsenal is what we want to build and we have to get the most amount of points from the next games," he added.

Tottenham's performance yesterday hardly backed up their manager's beliefs.  Their passing and defending was way below par and Fulham 'keeper Mark Schwarzer was only called into action late in the second half.

Villas-Boas believes Spurs next two league games are vitally important in their pursuit of Champions League football.

"After the international break we have to get back to business and do our job against Swansea and try to collect the points there to put us in a more comfortable position by the time we play Manchester City."

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale will still be fit for international duty with Wales this week despite taking a knock to his right ankle yesterday.

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