Spurs boss AVB says top four battle now wide open

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says the top four race is wide open after their draw with Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says the top four race is wide open after their draw with Chelsea.

Villas-Boas expects the next round of fixtures - Chelsea's match at Aston Villa on Saturday, Spurs' Sunday contest with Stoke and Arsenal's Tuesday clash with FA Cup finalists Wigan - could determine the top-four battle.

"This next fixture is decisive for everybody," he said.

"Arsenal has had this whole time to rest [since playing at QPR last Saturday]. It won't be an advantage for Wigan to play after an FA Cup final so early, but that's the reality.

"Chelsea have a difficult game at Villa, we have an extremely difficult game against Stoke. I think anything can happen.

"[But] we don't depend on ourselves any more.

"We did ever so well to get a point in a difficult situation.

"I'm extremely pleased by the performance. The reality is that we have to do our job and hopefully something can happen.

"For all of the determination and ambition we've shown this season, hopefully we can be rewarded at the end of it by qualifying."

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