Antonio Conte has insisted that Tottenham will find it ‘very difficult’ to break into the Premier League’s top four ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United between now and the end of the campaign. The north Londoners still have an outside chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League but currently sit three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with just nine matches left to play.
“If you had asked me [before] about our possiblity to reach a place in the Champions League, I would say very, very difficult,” Conte told reporters at Friday’s press conference. “Now I think we have to try to fight until the end to have the possibility to reach this target.
“I think to play in the Champions League next season is important for me, important for the players and the fans. To play in the Champions League is completely different to the Europa League and Conference League, it’s a different target for the club because you can plan for important things.”
It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will be able to book their place in next season’s tournament by sneaking into the Premier League’s top four over the coming weeks. They will be looking to claim a much-needed three points in their next outing against Newcastle United on Sunday in order to boost their hopes of sealing Champions League qualification for the first time since 2019.
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