Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has recently conceded that Arsenal's belief will aid them in the tight run-in for Champions League qualification.
Tottenham’s poor form of late is reminiscent of their 2011/12 campaign where they led Arsenal for much of the season, but finished below their north London rivals due to an awful run-in. They finished fourth but were denied Champions League football as Chelsea won the competition and qualified automatically.
'AVB' insists the same will not happen this season, though.
"We don't look at ghosts in the past. It definitely looks like it's going to go down to the wire. The reality is that Arsenal feel their belief because they finish seasons very strongly and that belief helps them,” he told reporters.
Arsenal are only two points behind the White Hart Lane outfit and with a game in hand, the race for the top four is set to be a tightly contested affair.
Arsenal host Norwich and Everton before Spurs play again and they’ll have to take full advantage of the extra game if they’re going to qualify for the Champions League for the 16th consecutive time.
Tottenham, on the other hand, face a busy last stretch as they have also qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Their busier schedule also seems to be taking its toll as many of Villas-Boas’ attacking options, including Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, have all suffered injuries.
The Tottenham manager insists it has nothing to do with fatigue and is optimistic after their 2-2 draw to Everton over the weekend.
"It's nothing to do with our tiredness," he added. "It was important for us to salvage a point because, against teams who fight for the same objectives, the only thing you cannot do is lose.
"It was a good performance by the team, individually and collectively, although not the result that we wanted. It means everybody is tied together for the spots."
Chelsea’s FA Cup fixture against Manchester City means their league clash was postponed and Spurs will only be playing one game this week - the second leg quarter-final tie with FC Basel.
"The break allows us to focus completely on the Basel game, which is very important for the football club – it could be a blessing,” AVB concluded.
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