Playing like this we're title favourites - Van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham should be considered Premier League title favourites for as long as they continue to play at such a high level.
Spurs' victory over Everton on Wednesday evening took Harry Redknapp's side to within three points of league leaders Manchester City, on level terms with Manchester United at the head of the chasing pack.
Redknapp has always maintained that his side have nothing more than a chance of stunning their more fancied rivals and claiming the title, but Van der Vaart believes the team's probability of success is better than their manager suggests.
"Everybody knows Spurs have a great team and if we can keep playing like this, then we're also favourites to win the title," Van der Vaart told the Evening Standard. "We know we are good and apart from the first two games [against Manchester United and Manchester City], we have won almost every week.
"When we played Man City in August, they were too good but in the last few games they have not been as consistent and they lost on Wednesday night too [against Liverpool in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg]."
Perhaps beginning the mind games early, Van der Vaart suggested that Manchester City's recent wobble shows they are not completely comfortable being front runners. The two sides play each other in a potentially decisive clash at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday.
"Maybe it's a little bit in their heads," he added. "They have invested so much money, so everyone expects they're going to win it but we're still there. Do we believe we can do it? Absolutely.
"The game against City is massive and we are really looking forward to it, but first we must beat Wolves.
"We are much better now than we were at the start of the season, so I am really looking forward to the games that are coming up.
"City have so many good players that even when they're not playing well, they can decide a game, whereas we're more of a team. It's going to be very interesting.
"We played well there last season but lost 1-0, so we will go there with confidence and there is no reason why we can't win.
"After the game at City, we will know where we stand."