Actually someone has want play in the Champions League next season?
Arsenal lost three games in a row – against Brighton, Crystal Palace and Southampton – before hitting back at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur will have driven Antonio Conte insane with his performance against Graham Potter’s Seagulls last time out, steam spurting from the Italian’s ears and jets of fire spurting from his swollen nostrils.
Manchester United looked about as convincing in their win over Norwich City as Dick Van Dyke trying to get an impression of Danny Dyer. Even Chelsea – European champions less than 12 months ago – have conceded eight goals in their last two league home games.
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Tottenham remain in pole position with six games to go. Ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, three points ahead of United, five ahead of West Ham.
And while their run-in is hardly the easiest – Liverpool away, Arsenal at home and a Burnley side fighting tooth and nail for survival – Antonio Conte’s side have Champions League qualification in their own two hands.
Perform as they have for the past two months between now and May 22ndnd and Spurs will be back on the biggest stage for the first time since losing to Liverpool in Madrid three years ago.
And Conte doesn’t need to be reminded of the benefits that come with Champions League football. Bigger funds and a new traction.
Two factors that could come in handy when chasing transfer targets a la Hellas Verona’s £25m midfield behemoth Antonin Barak (Tuttomercatoweb).
“I want to end the season well, score as many goals and assists and get as many points as possible,” said Barak, who is the leading midfielder in Serie A this season with ten goals.
“Then I would like to play in the Champions League.”
Of the three clubs linked to Barak since the turn of the year, Spurs are far better placed than West Ham or Newcastle. Nevertheless, the Hammers can secure their own place at the top of the European table with a win in the Europa League.
Newcastle are an Eddie Howe-backed team funded by Saudi Arabian billionaires who are pushing for a first-half finish. A remarkable feat considering they looked destined for relegation just a few months ago.
But it’s Champions League football that Barak wants. For all their riches, Newcastle have nothing to offer that at such an early stage in their development.
Tottenham, on the other hand, can. Or at least they should.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/21/tottenham-have-big-advantage-over-newcastle-for-prolific-25m-midfielder/ Tottenham have a huge advantage over Newcastle for a prolific £25m midfielder