Jose Mourinho says that Tottenham "smells the chance" to finish in the Champions League places, but finds that there is great competition from at least five other teams for fourth place.
Tottenham faces Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four points behind the fourth-placed Chelsea after one 2-0 win over Manchester City in their last league game before the winter break.
Mourinho told BBC One & # 39; s football focus: "First of all, I see a lot more clubs than people think.
"Sometimes it seems, because Chelsea is fourth and sometimes Tottenham is fifth and Manchester United is sixth, we smell the chance."
Spurs is currently in sixth place in the table and Sheffield United can jump to fifth with a win at Villa Park in the weekend.
"I think people forget that there are big contenders," the Spurs boss added. "Wolves, Sheffield United, Man United – even Arsenal – so it's not just about the distance between us and Chelsea."
Tottenham appointed former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho as manager in November after firing Mauricio Pochettino when they drank 11 points from the top four, with an inferior goal difference to fourth place in Manchester City.
Mourinho spoke for the city two-year ban of the European competition, which has led to suggestions for a place in the top five, can now secure the Champions League qualification.
"The gap was very difficult," Mourinho added. "This difference of points allows the others to make mistakes and they still keep a good situation.
"In our case, mistakes, especially from now on, will keep us from that. It's a big gap, but we'll be there."
& # 39; FA Cup is open to dreams & # 39;
Tottenham is still hunting for a trophy this season after a dramatic one Victory in the FA Cup in the fourth round about Southampton.
The late penalty from Son Heung-min led to a home game in the fifth round against Norwich City on Wednesday, March 4.
"I think a trophy is what every club wants," Mourinho told Football Focus. "I think the FA Cup is a competition that is open to dreams.
"Even teams that are not in the top four can dream when they are in the draw, because it is a knockout.
"Again, with the draws the top teams are all there – they never play against each other in a way, so it seems to me the top eight or the top four, in the final the top teams will be there."
Injuries such as the English captain Harry Kane have stretched the Tottenham team as the club is also looking for success in the last 16 of the Champions League against the German side RB Leipzig.
"It will be difficult because we are in three competitions and we don't have a team for that because we have so many injuries," said Mourinho.
"Our team does not show the full potential it has of losing players until the end of the season.
"The accumulation of competitions, which I believe will pay a prize, but again, we make a great effort to be where we are and I think this means that we are ready for the fight."
& # 39; The hairdresser was bad & # 39;
A major social media conversation topic this week was not related to Mourinho on the field – but to his new hairstyle.
The Portuguese boss explained that his short harvest was not intentional.
"The reason behind the haircut is that the hairdresser was bad!" Mourinho was joking.
"He did it badly and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I looked at him and said," Come on, take it out and shave it. "
"I know it will take a little longer, but it will grow and return to normality."
Watch the full interview with the Spurs manager on Football Focus, Saturday 15 February at 12.00 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.