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Conte happy Spurs are in the top-four ahead of season finale

Sun 15 May 2022 | 17:05

Tottenham's 1-0 win over Burnley put pressure back on Arsenal, and Antonio Conte seemed happy just to be in the fight for the top four spots.

After beating

Burnley

1-0 on Sunday,

Antonio Conte

said that

Tottenham

should be proud that they are still in the running for a top-four finish going into the last game of the season.

Harry Kane

's penalty in the first half was the game-winner, and Spurs moved up to the fourth place. They will stay there until Monday when Arsenal play at Newcastle United.

Spurs didn't have their best game, and the visitors put them under pressure in the second half, but the win at least gives them a chance to win the last spot in the

Champions League

on the last day of the season.

When Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as coach in November, Spurs were five points behind the top four. This wasn't necessarily a big deal, but Spurs had lost five of their previous seven league games, so it looked like they were going downhill fast. Since then, Spurs have only lost six Premier League games, and Conte is credited with making a big difference across the pitch.

And considering where they were and how they were playing back in November, Conte felt he had to praise his Spurs players for getting back into the race. He told reporters, "I think first and foremost we had to do our job, which was to win, get three points, and put some pressure on

Arsenal

."

"We know it's not easy to play against Newcastle, especially when they come in with a new manager and are playing well. It won't be any easier for us to play Norwich in the last game of the season, or for Arsenal to play Everton in the last game of the season. I will definitely watch the game. I love football, and I want to both watch and suffer."

"But I think it's a big deal that the last game gives us a chance to get into the Champions League. I don't forget where we've been since November, and we'll see what happens. I also think Arsenal did a great job this season because they didn't play in Europe and now they have a chance to play in the Champions League."

Even though Sunday's game wasn't as good as Thursday's win over Arsenal in the north London derby, Burnley's visit took place against a background of uncertainty about the team. Four players had a stomach virus before the game, but they were all able to start or be on the bench, which, according to Conte, showed how much they wanted to win.

"It wasn't easy because the doctor told me Saturday morning that a few players didn't feel well and had stomach problems, were throwing up, and had a fever," he said. "Because of this,

Dejan Kulusevski

, [Pierluigi] Gollini, and

Hugo Lloris

didn't have a training session.

"He wasn't in the best shape today, and neither was Winksy. Even so, we're playing the game the right way, and I'm so happy because I've seen a team get better in many ways. This team is now ready to play every game."

Burnley was upset that the VAR saw the ball brush Ashley Barnes' arm in the box, which led to the handball call that let Kane score from 12 yards out. Conte didn't have time to listen to their complaints, though.

"I think it was a 100% penalty, not a 100% penalty. So much was clear. It was hard for me to understand why people were upset. If your arm is in this position and you pick up the ball, I think it is very clear."


source: SportMob

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