Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood: Top four is going to be ‘huge ask’

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood casts doubt on his side's ability to finish in the top four this season

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Tim Sherwood believes it will be a “huge ask” for Tottenham Hotspur to finish in the top four this season.

Spurs closed the gap on fourth-placed Manchester City, who won the League Cup earlier on Sunday, courtesy of Roberto Soldado’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City at White Hart Lane.

It’s a huge ask but one we have to believe in

Tim Sherwood

Tottenham are currently four points adrift of the Citizens, who have two games in hand, ahead of a testing run of games which sees the north London side face Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool this month.

And Sherwood, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December, acknowledged that his side are facing a tough challenge to secure a return to Champions League football.

“It’s a huge ask but one we have to believe in. It is more difficult than ever because there is so much competition at the top of the table but we are looking upwards rather than behind us,” Sherwood told BBC Sport.

Meanwhile, Spurs captain Michael Dawson praised match-winner Soldado after his sixth Premier League goal of the season.

“We have been wishing it in for him, he’s settled in well and we are just delighted to see him score. The fans have been behind him every step of the way and he is a top player,” said Dawson.

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