Serge Aurier has insisted that a top-four finish is still very much possible for Tottenham, although he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve with only four games left.
After their 4-0 win over Sheffield United yesterday, Spurs now sit five points below Chelsea in fourth place and seven points below third-placed Leicester.
While the North Londoners are running out of games to make up the points gap, they also arguably have a much kinder fixture list compared to the Bleus and the Foxes.
The Lilywhites are set to travel to the King Power Stadium for their final game of the campaign and will thus be in with a chance of overtaking Brendan Rodgers’ side if they head into the game no more than three points behind their opponents.
Aurier admitted that the players needed the type of morale-boosting performance they had on Sunday to give themselves a chance in the top-four race.
He told BBC Sport: “We played good tonight. We play with no pressure after the final. We need this energy.
“It’s very difficult for everyone but we know we have five games and we have to stay focussed.
“We never know. We have to keep this mentality. I’m happy for the team tonight.”
While Aurier has put in a handful of solid defensive displays this season, we saw the best of the Ivorian going forward against the Blades, with the right-back setting up two of Gareth Bale’s goals.
When asked about his part in the Welshman’s hat-trick, Aurier responded: “Good goals tonight. I’m happy for Gareth Bale. Most important we played very good tonight.
“Maybe I enjoy my personal performance when I get home but I want to enjoy the team performance now.
“The last five games, we need him in this level.”
Aurier urged his teammates to approach the final four games of the season with the same mentality as they did yesterday’s game.
He added: “We never know [about Champions League qualification]. People think it’s silly but if we win the five games, we will see.
“We’re happy tonight and we need to keep this mentality for the rest of the season.”
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