Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte says he has challenged his team to secure a top-four spot before the end of this season as they prepare to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday evening (Man Utd 6/4, Draw 23/10, Tottenham 2/1 – Match Betting).
Neither side have managed to cement themselves in the top four at present, with Arsenal currently occupying that position.
The Gunners also have three games in hand over the Red Devils, and they are four points clear of Spurs, who sit seventh despite an improved run of results.
Despite offering to resign from his position last month after a 1-0 defeat to Burnley, Conte says he has seen some positive signs from his team, and he is had laid down a challenge as he tries to secure European football ahead of next season.
He told reporters: “I am enjoying to work for this club. My ambition is to fight to be competitive, to fight to win. I know my soul, my heart, and my mind wants this. I hope that we can match these two situations.
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“I have improved our level of ambition as now I am asking my players to fight for this target. I want to put the pressure on myself and the whole environment because the players deserve this type of pressure. It has to be a good pressure.
“We are ready. We are ready to fight, to play our cards and see what happens. It would be outstanding for us to win a Champions League [place] because, don’t forget, this season for Tottenham was very difficult for many, many aspects.”
Ryan Sessegnon will miss out this week due to a hamstring injury, and he joins Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga on the sidelines.
Manchester United can go fourth temporarily with a victory, and they will be boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani, although goalkeeper David de Gea is ill.
Saturday’s 15:00 KO sees Brentford host Burnley in London, with both teams desperate for all three points (Brentford 11/10, Draw 23/10, Burnley 3/1 – Match Betting).
The Bees are six points above Burnley and could move a step closer to safety with a victory, while a win for the Clarets would allow them to climb into 16th above Everton and Leeds United.
Brentford are without the suspended Josh Dasilva, while Burnley boss Sean Dyche is without Ben Mee, Matej Vydra, Erik Pieters and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
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