Jose Mourinho accepts that Tottenham need other teams to fall short of the Premier League top four.
Sixth-place Spurs are just three points off fourth-place Chelsea heading into the last nine games and they can make a big statement of their intentions by winning at Newcastle on Sunday.
They aren’t just fighting Chelsea for that final spot, however, as West Ham, Liverpool and Everton are also in the mix and with Spurs being so inconsistent since Christmas, Mourinho knows other teams’ results will matter.
“I have no doubts that we can win on Sunday. Then on Monday, if you ask me, I’ll be confident that we can win against Manchester United next week, ”Mourinho said.
“I can tell you after each game the ambition and the confidence to win the next game.
“To achieve a position in the Champions League, I don’t think we depended on ourselves. We also depend on the results of other teams. I’m not going to say that we are going to do it or that we are not going to do it. We play one game at a time and the last season was a great example of that.
“We were quite far, we had a long distance for the first six positions and at the end, at the last minute of the last game, we confirmed that position and we have to go in that direction.
Mourinho, who could still bring silverware to Spurs this season in the form of the Carabao Cup, looked to be mounting a challenge for the title ahead of Christmas as Spurs topped the table in mid-December.
A slip since then means they could easily miss out on European football, even if the Portuguese weren’t ready to discuss the prospect.
“I don’t want to talk about this possibility,” he added.
“I am not going to be pessimistic or try to anticipate scenarios or assess our season before the end of the season.”