"I think we are going to have to win the lot. We are going to need 12 points. It is going to be very tight but we are capable of doing that."
So far so good then, with Spurs now halfway to reaching the target set by Harry Redknapp following the defeat at Loftus Road. Although the last two games have shown some improvement, the upswing in the club's fortunes has undoubtedly been aided and abetted by others. The inexplicable lack of ambition shown by Blackburn at White Hart Lane meant that three points were achieved without the home side ever really having to get out of first gear. Blackburn never even managed an attempt on goal, an astonishing stat given their fight against relegation. In point of fact, they appeared to have no fight at all and will surely be playing Championship football next season.
Their fellow strugglers, Bolton Wanderers, presented much more of a challenge, especially after equalizing early in the second half at the Reebok. For a while it looked like Spurs might end up struggling to hold on for a point. Thankfully it all came good courtesy of a ten minute spell in which Spurs scored three times, pushing Bolton closer to the drop in the process.
The teams around Spurs have also faltered. Newcastle dropped points at the DW Stadium against a hugely impressive Wigan side, before turning around and knocking Chelsea out of the running for the top four. Newcastle now host Man City, in what is a mouthwatering prospect for the neutrals. Every Spurs fan, however, will be looking for the visitors to take at least something from the game.
Most pleasingly of all, that other team from north London are faltering, most recently at home to Norwich. The sight of Norwich's thoroughly deserved late equalizer hitting the net was pure, unadulterated joy. It also handed Spurs the prospect of guaranteed Champions League football, regardless of what Chelsea do or don't do at the Allianz Arena in two weeks time. Two wins against Villa and Fulham will be enough.
The run-in to the end of the season is taking place in something of a strange atmosphere at the club. Contrary to just about everyone's expectations, Harry Redknapp was passed over for the England post. While he has made all the right noises, time will tell whether or not this turn of events will retrain his focus on his current task or leave him distracted by thoughts of a job which he himself admits is now unlikely to come his way again. Speculation continues to grow about the futures of both Bale and Modric, with the manager stating that "We are not looking to sell our best players. We are looking to build a team here, not dismantle."
Qualification for the Champions League may end up having a very large bearing on which of those two roads the team goes down. That objective at least is now in Spurs' own hands.