Villas-Boas calm ahead of Tottenham Champions League challenge

Andre Villas-Boas insists his Tottenham Hotspur side will not fold in the Premier League run-in, despite the near misses of years gone by, says the Daily Telegraph.

Spurs are locked in a three-way battle for two Champions League qualification spots at the top of the league, with Arsenal and Chelsea also keen on securing a top four finish behind Manchester United and Manchester City.

And Villas-Boas has shunned suggestions that his team will be affected by previous failures in the race for qualification, having missed out for the last two seasons.

Villas-Boas said: “It definitely looks like it’s going to go down to the wire with these teams. We don’t look at ghosts in the past.

The reality is that Arsenal feel their belief because they finish seasons very strongly and that belief helps them.

Tottenham are currently in fourth position in the Premier League, level on points with third-placed Chelsea and two points ahead of Arsenal in fifth – though Villas Boas’ men have played one more game than their rivals.

Spurs host second-placed Manchester City at White Hart Lane in their next Premier League match, while the Blues travel to Fulham and the Gunners host Norwich City.

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