Monday 02 April 2012

Redknapp sets Spurs top-four target

Manager believes five wins will guarantee UEFA Champions League football

Emmanuel Adebayor scored with two headers as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Swansea

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp believes his side will qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League if they can record five victories between now and the end of the season.

Spurs claimed their first victory in six Barclays Premier League matches on Sunday as two Emmanuel Adebayor goals and another from Rafael van der Vaart secured an impressive 3-1 victory over Swansea at White Hart Lane.

The win puts fourth-placed Tottenham level on points with north London rivals Arsenal and five clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, with only seven matches left in the campaign.

"We've got some massive games coming up"
- Harry Redknapp

"I would take five [wins] now," said Redknapp. "If we get five we will have Champions League football next year I'm sure of that.

"It is hard to call where the results are going to come and who against and that is what makes it interesting.

"We would love to get third - I would love to finish above Arsenal if I can. If we get Champions League football we will all be delighted again.

"That is the key really, that is what we want - Champions League football next year at Tottenham."

Playing well

Tottenham travel to Sunderland on Saturday before matches against Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers.

"It's going right to the wire," added Redknapp. "We've got some massive games coming up, but that's what it's about.

"We've got to keep winning and picking up points. You can't afford to slip up."

Redknapp also insisted that he was never overly concerned with his side's dip in results over the last few weeks.

"I don't worry about that, I don't go home at night thinking we have not won for five games," he added.

"I just know we have been playing well and we have been playing well every week. We played great at Chelsea last week, fantastically at Bolton in midweek and played great against Manchester United."

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Key Points

  • Redknapp says five more wins will guarantee UEFA Champions League football
  • Spurs returned to winning ways with victory over Swansea on Sunday
  • Tottenham now level on points with Arsenal with seven matches to go