Spurs have endured a slump in form in recent weeks, failing to win three of their last four Premier League games, while also crashing out of the Europa League in Basel last Thursday.
Arsenal moved ahead of their north London rivals and into third place in the Premier League after a 3-1 victory over Norwich City at the weekend to leave Tottenham in fifth and level on points with Chelsea.
But Dawson is refusing to entertain the idea that André Villas-Boas’s side could miss out on Champions League football next season ahead of this Sunday’s clash against Manchester City.
“We’re not thinking of that [missing out on the top four],” Dawson told Sky Sports.
“As players you can’t. Who knows what will happen on 19th May? Hopefully it will be a good day and we’re celebrating. There’s a lot of hard work to go in from ourselves and also the other teams to get there.
“Arsenal have gone above us and we’re in fifth. The games come thick and fast and, with us not playing at certain times with the way they’ve fallen, we’ve just got to concentrate on what we do.
“That’s all we can affect and, with six games to go, we hope to pick as many points up as possible to get us back in the top four.”
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