Radek Cerny believes Tottenham may have to win three of their final four games if they are to avoid the pain of settling for the Intertoto Cup.
Spurs are currently well in the hunt for a Uefa Cup finish as they sit just one point behind seventh-placed Reading having played one game fewer than their rivals.
Portsmouth are also looking to usurp Steve Coppell's men, with Everton and Bolton currently occupying the other two Uefa Cup places in fifth and sixth.
With strong competition around them in the table, Spurs keeper Cerny believes the North London club must win three of their games against Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.
"The atmosphere is very heavy now, we have got four games to play, the other teams just three," Cerny told Czech TV.
"We are going to play against relatively weaker opponents. We would like to finish in the top seven.
"People from the staff think that seven points should be enough, I personally think that nine would be enough.
"If we failed to finish in the top seven, then we would have to play the Intertoto Cup which nobody would want here as it would be a big disappointment for this season."
Cerny has not made a Premiership appearance yet this season as he has acted as Paul Robinson's understudy, and the Czech keeper does not expect to rectify that in the remaining games of the campaign.
"Maybe if it was clear that we could not lose sixth or seventh place, but I don't think that will happen," Cerny added.
"The chances for me are minimal as these are going to be the most important games which will impact our season.
"Robinson has retained the position of number one both at Tottenham and England so the situation is very hard."