Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker wary of Newcastle challenge

09:39 09 April 2012

Scott Parker

Scott Parker

EMPICS Sport

Spurs man admits former side are contenders for Champions League place

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker believes that former club Newcastle United have a great chance of breaking into the top four.

Spurs are currently two points off third placed Arsenal, but Chelsea and the Magpies are just three off Chelsea, leaving a four way battle for two Champions League spots.

“Newcastle might say they are not Champions League [contenders] but, as far as we are concerned, they are in the thick of it,” Parker said.

“They have got to be top four contenders when you get to this stage of the season and they are in the position they are in.

“We certainly consider them to be rivals. You wouldn’t have thought they would be in this position after we beat them 5-0 a few weeks ago, but they have gone about their business quite quietly and have been under the radar really until now.”

“Our run-in is pretty decent and it is in our hands. We have got to make the most of it by winning as many games as we can, starting against Norwich. That’s a tough game as they have done very well.

“A top four finish is in our hands, but it is only human nature to look at the results of those around us and hope they slip up. You sit there wanting them to drop points but ultimately it is about us and winning as many games as we can.

“We can’t just rely on our rivals to drop points because they are going to be winning games themselves, like they have been doing most of the season.”

Spurs have a chance to move ahead of Arsenal this afternoon as they host Norwich at Carrow Road, but having played Sunderland just two days ago, Parkeris far from happy with the fixture scheduling.

“It is ridiculous but that’s the way it is. I don’t think the rest of the world gets it, but it is absolutely shocking – we are playing in one of the quickest leagues in the world.

“I don’t think you would ask any other sportsmen – or animals – to do this, but footballers in this country are expected to. We get all the best post-match treatment we can and just get on with it.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Tottenham news

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
David Seaman, who was capped 75 times for England, moved to Man City during this week. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

It was a week where Arsenal said goodbye to their two greatest goalkeepers of the last 20 years, Chelsea splashed the cash and West Ham gained a captain. Here are 11 London moves that happened this week.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Diego Costa and Lukas Podolski

There have been plenty of rumours and transfer news from across Europe today and London24 Sport has been right on top of it all. Here is our quick summary for your journey home:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Patrick Bamford at Middlesbrough and Alex Pritchard of Brentford

England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate believes a young player finding first team football, even in the Championship, is better than being at a big successful club.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Danny Ings of Burnley celebrates after he scores for Burnley (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has urged his young guns to find first team football rather than join a big club.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more

Spurs Transfer News