Monday 10th April 2006


John Arne Riise reckons second place could still be there.

"We're still hoping for second place, but there's nothing we can do except win all our games and see where it takes us," said Riise.

"The first target is obviously to make sure we finish at least third, but then we're thinking of sneaking second. I know it's going to be tight against Manchester United with only a few games left, but we believe we can do it.

"We've improved a lot since last season. Now we need to improve in more areas.

"Points-wise this has been much better than a year ago. You can see that from the fact we've got 70 points already.

"The first season I came here we got 80 points and finished second. Usually that would have been enough to win it. Now we've got a great chance to get as many as 82."

"If we win our games we're secure so we don't need any favours," insisted Riise.

"At the moment we're playing some good stuff and don't need to think about the results of those below us.

"As long as we keep winning we'll maintain some momentum and keep our confidence up, which we'll need going into the Chelsea semi-final. But the first priority is Blackburn away next weekend."

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