Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has dismissed talk of his team winning the 2011-12 Premier League title but believes a place in the top three is still possible.
The Russian considers the gap between Tottenham and last season’s top two, Manchester United and Chelsea, to be too great to overturn in a single season.
However, the 29-year-old has proposed finishing in third, ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal, as a much more realistic prospect.
Having qualified for the 2010-11 Champions League by virtue of finishing fourth in 2010, Spurs missed out on a place in the top four last time around after a dramatic loss of form in the final few weeks of the campaign.
Address this, Pavlyuchenko suggested in an interview with the Daily Mail, and the Lilywhites will be capable of finishing top of an 18-strong Premier League table which excludes Man Utd and Chelsea at odds of 9/1.
“If we hadn’t lost so many points at the end we could have fought for a place in the top three,” Pavlyuchenko told the news provider.
“Next year I think we really will be in the top three. Tottenham are a very strong team with excellent players.
“It’s too early to fight for first or second – Chelsea and Manchester United are a level above – but for the past two seasons we’ve fought as equals with Man City and Arsenal.”
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