Alan Smith predicts familiar disappointment for Spurs fans in top four race

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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith hasn't predicted good news over Tottenham's top four challenge.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith told Morning View for Sky Sports that he feels Tottenham Hotspur are going to fall short in the race for a place in the Premier League’s top four.

Qualifying for the Champions League next season is now the club’s only priority after the heartbreak of the League Cup final defeat to Chelsea last weekend.

“I look at Tottenham and I think they’re going to fall short, only just,” said Smith.

Tottenham resume their Premier League challenge tomorrow night with a game against Swansea City.

They have a game in hand due to their League Cup commitments last weekend and as things stand, they can cut the gap on fourth place to just three points.

There is still plenty of time left for Tottenham to mount a serious push for a top four spot, but they have to be virtually perfect over the rest of the season, taking advantage of any hiccups produced by their main rivals.

They will definitely benefit from being a bit fresher over the rest of the season, as they’ll only have to play once per week due to their reduced fixture list.

Mauricio Pochettino can name his strongest possible side for every fixture, knowing that he doesn’t have to hold players back for key fixtures in other competitions.

It would be a real achievement for the club if they could beat the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton to a place in Europe and they need to start again with a win tomorrow.

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