Norwich boss aiming to spoil Tottenham’s Champions League dreams
Norwich boss Dean Smith is looking to spoil Tottenham’s party on Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham head into the Norwich clash knowing that a Champions League spot is very much within their grasp.
After beating Burnley last weekend and watching Arsenal collapse vs Newcastle United, Spurs are now 4th in the Premier League ahead of the final day, two points above Arsenal with a much better goal difference.
This means that all Tottenham need to do on Sunday to secure a top-four berth is beat or draw with Norwich.
And given Norwich are dead bottom of the Premier League with the worst attack and defence in the division, it seems certain that Conte and co. will be plying their trade in Europe’s premier club competition going forward.
However, if Smith gets his way, he will be spoiling Tottenham’s party to grab his side an extra £2m:
“The two million could be useful and is something that it is being dangled above us — and it would be nice to be party poopers,” Smith told reporters.
Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta was asked about his side’s chances of finishing in the top four and said: “Very possible. And looking back, I’ve been back a few years and seen a few examples of teams that they played in the last game of the season and the things that happened.
“The closer the game is, I am more hopeful.”
Even without a top-four finish though, there is a strong case to be made that Arsenal have had a successful season.
Arteta has the youngest squad in the Premier League and was still able to guide them to, at the very least, 5th place.