Past slip-ups won’t affect Tottenham this term, insists Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas says Tottenham do not have any mental scars from failing to secure Champions League football in recent years

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Andre Villas-Boas's side are fourth with eight games left to play Photo: Back Page Images

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Andre Villas-Boas insists that his Tottenham side do not have any mental scars from failing to secure Champions League football in recent seasons as the race for a top-four finish hots up.

Fourth-placed Spurs travel to Swansea City on Saturday looking to take a step closer to Champions League qualification, with Arsenal snapping at their heels and just four points behind.

Spurs finished fifth in 2010-11 and although they secured fourth last season, the north Londoners missed out on a Champions League spot because of Chelsea’s triumph in Europe’s elite club competition.

But when asked if past experiences could affect his squad in the run-in, Villas-Boas replied: “I don’t think so.

“Obviously it can happen but I think we have to reflect on it just like the late goals we’ve suffered this season. The more you work on it, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be out of it because that is the nature of the game.

“This is something that has happened before but that doesn’t mean that it has to happen again this year.

“The circumstances are different, the training is different, the leader is different, the players are different. At this moment it’s nothing to do with past experiences.”

The Portuguese coach believes that 16 points from Spurs’ remaining eight games should be enough to finish fourth this season.

“Normally it’s within the 70-72 margin,” he said. “Normally 70 is enough to be in the fourth spot. For us to get 70 we need 16 more points so I think it’s enough but you never know.

“At this time I think we are within our objectives.”

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