Programme notes, Spurs v Blackburn - Sunday, April 29
We have obviously had a spell of late where results have not gone our way but now we have to show our character.
We have nothing to be down about. We have played some great football this year and we are still right in there with a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
It remains wide open for fourth and third place between ourselves, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Arsenal. We have got four games to go so we have to show what we are made of and try to win them all. It won’t be easy but that has to be our aim.
Apart from the Norwich City game last time out here where we had a bad day, I can’t really fault our recent performances in all honesty. Earlier on in the season we were winning games where we weren’t playing better than we are now - it just hasn’t gone our way of late.
We have no divine right to win football matches. There is no panic, we have just had a little bit of a bad run that every side has at some stage and now we have to show just how good we are in our remaining games and demonstrate the nerve, willpower and desire to bounce back. If we do that then I am confident we will qualify for the Champions League.
Many have mentioned about fourth place not being enough for Champions League if Chelsea were to win the competition now they are in the final yet we can’t think that far ahead. We just have to make sure we get in the top four first and see where it takes us. If we don’t win our games it won’t matter to us what Chelsea do in the Champions League final.
We have to look forward now starting this afternoon as we welcome Blackburn Rovers to White Hart Lane.
It has been a hard season for Blackburn but Steve Kean and his players have pulled off some outstanding results along the way to give themselves a good chance of staying in the Premier League.
They will have a real go today, you don’t get too many easy games against Blackburn. We need to make sure we don’t underestimate the opposition, this is a vital game for us too and it is important that we come away with all three points.
I was delighted to see Kyle Walker named PFA Young Player of the Year last Sunday. Kyle has everything to be a top player - he is quick, strong and has a great attitude. He is still learning but he has a big future and I believe he could go on to be the best right-back around.
Today we are proud to be showing support for our international charity partner, SOS Children, and their Mums Matter campaign. It’s great to see that our fans have really got involved in supporting the initiative with those celebration videos that will be shown at half-time. The charity does a great job providing a safe and caring home for orphans around the world and the players here all sponsor children through the partnership, which is fantastic. I encourage all supporters to donate what you can to SOS Children today to help them continue their remarkable work.
I hope you have a good afternoon.