Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham Hotspur outfit to make sure that they finish in second place in the Premier League table. (Tottenham are 5/4 to claim a victory at St James’ Park on Sunday)
Having failed to win any of their last three league games, Spurs are now just two points clear of third-placed Arsenal with one game to play, with a trip to Newcastle United their last fixture of the campaign.
And Pochettino is determined to end on a high note, with his side having been the closest challengers to eventual champions Leicester City for much of the season.
The Argentinian said after a damaging 2-1 defeat at home to Southampton: “We lost the game and now we have to keep fighting to keep our position in the table.
“The last few weeks, the last three games, two draws and a defeat, you can see it’s been tough for us, but nothing changes. We need to go to Newcastle and try to win.”
Tottenham are 5/4 to claim a victory at St James’ Park on Sunday, with the draw 5/2 and a Newcastle win on home turf 2/1.
Meanwhile, Pochettino has played down suggestions that he would be pleased just to finish ahead of local rivals Arsenal in the final standings, adding: “I think that I don’t care about Arsenal. I want to win the league, I want to be on top, but Arsenal I do not care about.
“Sure I want to be above them, but this I think is normal. But to try to improve, to try and be bigger, we need to concentrate on us and not look what is happening with our neighbours.”
The Gunners end their Premier League season with a visit from rock-bottom Aston Villa, who have collected a mere 17 points from 37 games played.