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Spurs man admits former side are contenders for Champions League place

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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.”

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Tottenham Hotspur

Nickname: The Lilywhites.

Ground: White Hart Lane (capacity 36,310).

Founded: 1882.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1951, 1961

Second Division: 1920, 1950.

Southern League: 1900.

FA Cup: 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991.

League Cup: 1971, 1973, 1999, 2008.

Uefa Cup: 1972, 1984.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1963.

Leading goalscorers: Jimmy Greaves, 379.

Leading appearances: Steve Perryman, 854.