One of Tottenham Hotspur's ex-players recently said he still felt they could make the top four.
It was a big ask, and it only got bigger following Tottenham’s 0-0 draw against Burnley this weekend.
Speaking prior to that match, Ardiles said of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, “Mauricio has created a very good team where everyone is fighting for their places.
“It’s going to be a big, big fight to the end. It will be so tight, but Tottenham can do it.”
Football breeds hope in the direst of situations but even Ardiles may be reassessing his opinion following Tottenham’s bore draw against Burnley on Sunday.
Harry Kane wore the captains’ armband for the first time but he could not add to his 29 goals this season, meaning Spurs are now level on points with fifth-placed Liverpool but eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
There are still seven league games remaining for Pochettino’s men, but so soon after suggesting they could nick a Champions League place at the death, Ardiles may now feel a Europa League spot is as good as it gets.