The only way that Tottenham will qualify for the Champions League in this weekend's final round of matches is if they beat Sunderland at White Hart Lane and the Gunners drop points at lowly Newcastle.
Spurs narrowly missed out on the Champions League two years ago and last year Dawson led the team to fourth place, only to be denied a place at Europe's top table thanks to Chelsea's victory in Munich.
Dawson was also part of the Tottenham team that just failed to qualify for the competition seven years ago thanks to a dodgy lasagne.
If Spurs beat Sunderland they will end with 72 points - a club record in the Premier League era. That will be of little consolation to their captain, though, after the final day turmoil he has suffered at the club since he joined in 2005.
"If we win and get 72 it will be a great season, but it will only be a fantastic season if we get that Champions League spot," Dawson said. "That's what we set out to achieve at the start of the season.
"If we can get that number of points then great but we want to be in the Champions League with the way we missed out on it last year."
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