Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas expects Champions League fight

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says the race for the Champions League places will go "down to the wire".

Tottenham equalised late to draw 2-2 with Everton but slipped from third to fourth after Chelsea beat Sunderland.

"Everything shifts very quickly in the Premier League but we have been in this position before and you have to live with the pressure," said Villas-Boas.

"We play Manchester City and Chelsea and in those games you will probably see something being decided."

Tottenham's PL run-in

  • 21 April: Man City (h)
  • 27 April: Wigan (a)
  • 4 May: Southampton (h)
  • 12 May: Stoke (a)
  • 19 May: Sunderland (h)
  • TBA: Chelsea (a)

Gylfi Sigurdsson's 87th-minute equaliser secured a vital point to take Tottenham to 58 from 32 games, two clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Chelsea, who have also played one game fewer than Spurs, climbed to third place on goal difference after coming from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1.

The Blues were due to face Tottenham next weekend but the match has been postponed due to Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Man City.

With the game now likely to be among both clubs' last of the season, Villas-Boas knows it could be a Champions League decider.

"We will have to be focussed against the European champions, a difficult team, in their ground, and we just have to keep going," he said.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez was relieved to see his team overcome the Black Cats three days after a Europa League victory over Rubin Kazan, but criticised the media for over-hyping their chase for a Champions League place.

"Two or three days before it was a crisis, two hours before the game it was the end of the world," he said.

Everton top four underdogs - Moyes

"The media works too fast, too quick. We have to have more relaxation when we do the analysis.

"We still have one game in hand. The team is playing too many games. To win this after four games in eight days, you cannot ask for more."

Sixth-placed Everton remain in contention for a Champions League place themselves, with 52 points from 31 games, but manager David Moyes knows his team can ill-afford any slip-ups between now and the end of the season.

"We are the underdogs and I think if we got there it would be surprise to most pundits and bookies," he said.

"I knew that if we won today we would be right in the mix, and if we lost we might not be out of it but we would be a real long shot.

"What does a draw do? It keep us are hanging in there and shows that Everton are a good team.

"We have taken four points off Spurs this season, which isn't easy and we just have to keep moving forward."