Missing Champions League qualification would be failure, says Tottenham midfielder Parker

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker has said if the club does not finish at least fourth in the Premier League this season then the campaign should be regarded as a failure, the Guardian has reported.

With five matches of the league season still to play Tottenham are indeed fourth but are level on points with in-form Newcastle United and have Chelsea, 5-1 conquerors of Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, also on their coat tails. Parker is quoted as saying: “If we don’t end up in fourth this year, we’ll have failed as a squad.

Fourth is the final position to offer entry into the Champions League, with a play-off necessary to gain entry into the group stages. The last time Spurs made the Champions League, in the 2010-11 season, Harry Redknapp’s side overcame Swiss outfit Young Boys in the qualifier, losing 3-2 in the away leg only to hit four goals without reply at White Hart Lane, eventually prevailing 6-3 on aggregate.

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