Villas-Boas predicts Chelsea decider as comeback win boosts top four aspirations


TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas feels his team’s forthcoming fixture with Chelsea is likely to decide which club finishes in the Premier League’s top four and that Arsenal’s momentum should earn them the other Champions League qualification spot.

Arsenal have taken 16 points from six games and sit above both London rivals in third place.

So Villas-Boas believes Spurs’s trip to Chelsea in the penultimate week of the season is likely to decide who will dine at European football’s top table next term.

“Gathering the most amount of points possible is our objective and the game against Chelsea could be the decider in the end,” he said, after quick-fire goals from Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale earned a vital three points.

“We are in control because we have the game in hand, but that game is against Chelsea and it’s a difficult game at Stamford Bridge.

“It’s going to be impossible for all the squads to gather all the points.

“Arsenal have momentum at the moment. They finish strongly in all seasons, but anything can happen.”

Samir Nasri gave Manchester City the lead on five minutes yesterday, but Spurs fought back to sweep away City in seven sensational second-half minutes.

City’s defeat means Manchester United can clinch the Premier League title with a win against Aston Villa tonight, but manager Roberto Mancini refuted suggestions his side are inferior to Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.

“They are not better than us,” he said. “But they deserve to win the title because we lost a lot of points in games where we didn’t deserve to lose. But United won a lot of games in a row and scored more goals.”