Antonio Conte is not taking the visit of Burnley lightly on Sunday, warning his Tottenham squad to expect a tough encounter against the Clarets.
Spurs swept past Arsenal 3-0 on Thursday night to keep alive their hopes of overhauling their North London rivals in the race for a Champions League spot. Harry Kane scored twice and Son Heung-min was also on target and between them the pair have scored nine goals in the last eight games against Burnley.
The Clarets make the journey to the capital outside the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference with three matches to play and any sort of result for Mike Jackson’s side will pile the pressure on Leeds United, who host Brighton later in the day. Burnley have taken 10 points from five games under Jackson and beat Spurs in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor thanks to a Ben Mee header.
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And Conte, who is unhappy his side are playing at 12noon on Sunday given their Thursday exertions, is already turning his focus to Burnley. Speaking after the win over Arsenal, he said: “We need to recover very well because we will play on Sunday against a team that has beaten us. “I was very clear with my players – to enjoy and celebrate in the right way but at the same time think about Sunday as otherwise this win will not be important.
“Our fans, they are going to play an important role on Sunday. We need to go altogether. We are very close to reaching an important target for us. There are no easy games for us.”
He added: “I have to thank my players and the fans because the atmosphere was amazing. They pushed us from the start until the end. Now I ask our fans to do the same on Sunday because we have another must-win game against Burnley. We are playing against a team trying to avoid relegation.”
It’s a view shared by captain Kane, who added: “Two more games to go. We need to focus on them now but it was a special night. We still have two games to go and we have put the pressure on them (Arsenal). We have to focus on ourselves. We play early on Sunday so we need to get a result and see what happens.
“We can only control our games. We did our job tonight. We won’t get ahead of ourselves. Tonight was special but our ultimate goal is to get fourth place and we still have work to do.”
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