Harry Redknapp remains confident that Tottenham will finish in third place, despite their latest defeat.
Spurs went down 1-0 at Everton on Saturday and it was the first time under Redknapp that the club have lost three games in succession - but he puts that down to the opposition rather than their own form.
The Everton defeat followed on from losses to Arsenal and Manchester United - which means they are now just four points ahead of their North London rivals, who have a game in hand.
"Winning it is difficult. You try to finish above teams like Manchester United and Manchester City, who have been there and done it every year," he said.
"Arsenal are in the Champions League every year. So it is a tall order to finish above those teams.
"But I still think we'll finish third."
Redknapp, who remains odds-on favourite to be appointed the new England boss, continued to dismiss claims that his ongoing links with the Three Lions role was proving a major distraction to his players.
"How can it destabilise the team when they come out and play like they did at Everton and keep on going?" he said.
"They haven't just said, 'The manager is leaving, we ain't bothered any more'. We have had three very, very difficult games.
"Manchester United at home, Arsenal away and Everton away, who have beaten Man City and Chelsea. They are dogged.
"They hung on in there and rode their luck. It is a tough place to come."