Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen believes that the side can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
The North London outfit are currently 10th in the league table with 17 points from 12 matches, but they are just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
“We are just two points off the top four and two or three wins in a row then you know [you are up there]," The London Evening Standard quotes the 22-year-old as saying.
"Hopefully we will continue what we started on Sunday [at Hull City] and on Sunday [against Everton] have a good win also.
"When you see the teams who should normally be in the top six nowhere near, you realise everything can change and that the league is ever so tight with a lot of points to play for.”
Eriksen is spot-on in his analysis: Tottenham are indeed right up there with the rest of the teams looking for a place in the top four.
Arsenal, who always seem to end up in the top four of the Premier League, are level on points with Tottenham, while Liverpool are below them in the standings.
Everton, too, have 17 points, while United’s inconsistent season and injury problems mean that they are not ‘guaranteed’ a place in the top four.
Tottenham were a bit ‘lucky’ at the weekend as they enjoyed a last-gasp win against 10-man Hull City while Arsenal and Liverpool both lost.
There is no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to improve as they are still not playing well, but grinding out results like they did against Hull will be crucial in the coming weeks.
Tottenham’s long-term objective has always been to be Champions League regulars, and they can feature in Europe’s premier club competition next campaign even without finishing in the top of the Premier League.
Europa League success will allow them the chance to rub shoulders against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in 2015-16, and Eriksen has one eye on that as well.
“[The possibility of Champions League qualification] does [make the Europa League feel more important] when you are there," said the former Ajax star.
"Right now, it is just about qualifying a bit and getting to the next game. It depends where you are in the league - if you are higher up you probably put more focus on something else. The route is a bit shorter but a bit more difficult maybe.”
Eriksen is once again correct in his assessment of the Europa League. Things will become tougher for Spurs from the knockout stages, as a single mistake or a controversial refereeing decision could see them knocked out.
Tottenham do have a strong and large squad to compete in both the Premier League and the Europa League, and they have to treat both competitions with equal importance.