Despite dropping valuable points against Everton in the Premier League, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his side are capable of a top four finish and qualifying for Champions League football next term.
Spurs' 2-2 draw against David Moyes' side means they drop to fourth in the league table, behind Chelsea and only two points ahead of north London rivals Arsenal. Both those clubs have a game in hand over AVB, which means the White Hart Lane club could, potentially be knocked out of the top four and fall to fifth if the Blues and the Gunners win their respective games. And then there is Everton to consider. The Toffees have 52 points to Tottenham's 58 but they too have a game in hand.
Spurs enjoyed a perfect start to the game at Goodison Park, with Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor scoring in the very first minute. However, Phil Jagielka equalised for the home side and Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas, a summer signing Moyes equated to Spurs' star Gareth Bale, struck to give Everton a deserved lead.
Fortunately for AVB, his own summer signing, Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in the dying minutes to snatch a point. The dropped points, though, will remind Spurs' fans of last season, when they crumbled over the final months of the campaign to allow rivals Arsenal to sneak into the top four.
The ex-Chelsea boss has already had to face comparisons between the club's form today and that from last season, when they were under Harry Redknapp. However, he remains confident in his side's ability to rise to the challenge.
"The positive aspect is we've been in this position, chasing, before. Arsenal feel their belief is because they finish seasons very strongly and that belief helps them. We don't look at ghosts in the past. We try to do our job properly. I think it could go down to the wire," he explained.
Meanwhile, AVB was earlier quoted as saying he believed Arsenal would be hurt, in the long-run, by the defeat at the Lane. The two rivals met in early March and the home side won the day, with goals from Bale and Aaron Lennon cancelling Per Mertesacker's strike. However, since then, Spurs have won only once in four league games. Arsenal, on the other hand, have won three of three.