Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood reckons there is slack for a minor slump during their remaining 13 Premier League fixtures and still qualify for next season's Champions League.
"I haven't looked at it, maths isn't my strong point but I would say we can only possibly afford to lose four or five games maybe of what we have got left. That would be a huge tally," he explained.
When asked if nine wins from their remaining 13 games would be enough, Sherwood replied: "It could well be, no one is dropping points are they. Someone could drop a couple but big rivals like Liverpool are flying and we need them to trip up, that is for sure.
"We're looking upwards rather than behind us but we know it will be tough and there are teams behind us capable of putting a run together and sneaking fourth.
"It will go to the wire. I don't think anything will be secured until the last month of the season. I would say Newcastle have to consider themselves in it and possibly Southampton, Manchester United for sure.
"Our target is fourth place and it always has been, if we can get higher than that then great but it is the target we are looking for."
"I just need to get as high up the league as I can. If my achievements don't match the expectations of the club then I'll be gone," he added of his own future.
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