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Villas-Boas: Two games will decide Spurs' season

ESPN staff
April 8, 2013
Villas-Boas: Draw hard to accept

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his side's hopes of a place in next season's Champions League rests in the forthcoming games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Tottenham slipped out of the Premier League's top-three after being held to a 2-2 draw by Everton at White Hart Lane.

With only six games remaining in the season, and local rivals Arsenal only two points behind with a game in hand, Villas-Boas remains confident his squad hold their top-four destiny in their own hands.

However, the Portuguese coach did admit the remaining fixtures had left his team a tough challenge.

"We probably have the second-worst run-in," he told reporters at White Hart Lane. "I think the race for the top-four depends on our results against Manchester City and Chelsea.

"It looks like it will go down between these teams."

The draw against Everton continues a poor run by the North London club, with Spurs recording only one victory in their last six games. But Villas-Boas denied any suggestion of a form slump, preferring to give Everton their dues for a strong performance away from Merseyside.

"Credit to Everton because of their organisation and how good they can be," Villas-Boas said. "In the end it was important for us to salvage a point against a team that was fighting for the same objectives as us.

"Everton are a strong team and they had good chances. If you give them a small amount of space they punish you and they did ever so well and were a great opponent. It was an entertaining game of football but I don't agree that we relaxed."

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