Despite their emphatic 3-0 victory within the north London derby, Tottenham are nonetheless outsiders for the highest 4.
With two video games to go, they should overturn a one-point deficit to overtake Arsenal and nab their Champions League spot. Spurs have a superior aim distinction however, regardless, their destiny is out of their arms.
With video games in opposition to Burnley and Norwich, nonetheless, they’ve a comparatively manageable run-in. Arsenal have more durable fixtures in opposition to Newcastle and Everton and, given how topsy-turvy their kind has been in current months, it might hardly be a shock in the event that they dropped factors.
Spurs have misplaced solely twice of their final 10 conferences with Burnley, although a kind of defeats got here in February when Antonio Conte’s aspect have been crushed 1-0 at Turf Moor. The Clarets have disbursed with Sean Dyche within the interim and, in opposition to all expectations, have given themselves an honest shot at survival below caretaker supervisor Mike Jackson, however they might want to give an enormous efficiency to get a end in north London this afternoon.
Speaking earlier than the match, Conte admitted that his aspect don’t have any room for error. “Now it’s Burnley, a crucial game for us,” he mentioned. “It shall be crucial to get three factors as a result of we have now just one method of making an attempt to take a spot within the Champions League and to place strain onto Arsenal, as a result of they’ve one level extra.
“It shall be crucial to get well from the sport in opposition to Arsenal – we have performed two vital video games, in opposition to Liverpool and in opposition to Arsenal – and for positive, mentally, we have now to get well very nicely, however there are solely two video games to go, no time to suppose, we have now to go straight to play one other superb sport and I hope to pay attention and to see the identical environment in our stadium. For this motive, I ask our followers on Sunday to be with us from the beginning till the tip and to assist us, as a result of they’ll play an vital half in these ultimate video games of the season.
“It’s vital – I repeat, it’s our last game of the season at home, we are playing for something important, for a good achievement for everybody, for the club, for the players, for the fans… for everybody. For this reason, we [players and fans] have to play this game against Burnley together. It will be very important to support us from the start until the end with the same intensity that they showed against Arsenal.”