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Magpies calling tune in Spurs fight for fourth

TOTTENHAM Hotspur will be counting on Newcastle to do them the ultimate favour by beating Arsenal tomorrow and helping them clinch that fourth Champions League placing.

Tottenham led Arsenal by seven points in March, but their form dipped thereafter, leaving the Gunners in pole position to finish above their neighbours for the 18th consecutive season.

Tottenham must win at home to Sunderland and hope that Arsenal drop points at Newcastle.

Should they win they will end the season with 72 points – their largest haul in the Premier League era. As Villas-Boas points out, that total would have comfortably been enough to guarantee a top-four finish in previous seasons.

"In the past, it would have been enough to make it," the 35-year-old said.

"It would have been enough, apart from the 2007/08 season, when the fourth-placed team (Liverpool) finished with 76 points.

"It would be a reference for what the other teams are doing and how competitive they can be.

"You have to strengthen for next season to get a higher tally of points," he added.


Many have questioned whether Tottenham will be able to attract top-quality players this summer if they fail to qualify for Europe's top club competition, but Villas-Boas disagrees.

The Portuguese thinks Tottenham's history, and their £45million state-of-the-art training ground, will be enough to attract top stars this summer.

He said: "I'm not sure (Champions League qualification) is that key because Tottenham has a great tradition in football. It has conditions that other clubs don't have but equally these facilities.

"And I think we have a group of players that attract other players to come here. They are good quality players and other players, in bigger or same level squads, would want to join up and play with them."