Tottenham are more than a little fortunate to still be in the running for Champions League football next season despite having barely played any half decent football over the last month. Seven minutes of madness by Manchester City saw Spurs squeeze out an unlikely win against the former Champions, while a freak goal and an own goal helped them get a share of the spoils against Wigan. Tottenham were decidedly second best against Southampton too, and a mixture of the woodwork and a wonder strike from their one man wrecking crew Gareth Bale kept them in with a shout of a top four finish this season.

Andre Villas-Boas is aware that his team is under performing, and has asked the board to back him in his search for players who will improve Spurs’ squad next season. The young Portuguese manager said, ‘For us, the objective is always to improve the team and for that to happen either we have Champions League money to make it easier, or we have to invest and risk a bit more. But the objective is always to better what you did last season. We have to have one direction only.’

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