May 8 2012 By Yann Tear
MARTIN Jol admits he would not have been relishing his emotional return to White Hart Lane, had Fulham needed points to stay up in their final game of the season.
Tottenham will be gunning for victory in Sunday's last day of action in the Premier League, in the hope of overtaking arch-rivals Arsenal for third place. That is now the only guarantee of a Champions League spot next season.
But the Whites manager – who makes his first visit since being fired from the Spurs hotseat - says neither he nor his team will be feeling any pressure this weekend, now they have achieved their objective of finishing in the top half.
“At the start of the season, when I saw the schedule, and I saw the game against Spurs in the last game of the season, I thought it could be difficult,” Jol said.
“An away game at Spurs, if there's a lot to play for, is a difficult game. But now we have 52 points, there's no problem and we can enjoy the day. There's not a lot of pressure on us.
“It will be nice to have three points and, I wanted to say spoil their day, but of course we don't want that. I would like Spurs to play in the Champions League, of course.
"But on the other hand, if we can get three points there, we can get to seventh. It will be exciting and I love this excitement.”
Jol left Tottenham under a cloud six years ago when he nearly qualified them for a Champions League spot. He insists he bears no grudges towards their chairman Daniel Levy for giving him the elbow, but he will enjoy the opportunity of getting one over his old team – now that Fulham can approach the match in relaxed fashion.