Tottenham: Conte could lead title charge next season at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte demanding more from his players

Tottenham will challenge for the Premier League title next season if they secure Champions League football and keep Antonio Conte and Harry Kane, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

Spurs are outsiders for a top four finish following their draw with Liverpool on Saturday, but victory in Thursday’s north London derby would blow the race wide open.

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Despite being the first Premier League team to leave Anfield without losing since October, the 1-1 draw means that Spurs’ hopes of returning to Europe’s elite competition are out of their own hands.

Conte’s side are now four points adrift of their neighbours and are relying on Arsenal dropping points twice in their final three fixtures.

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However, Tottenham have still made huge improvements under Conte’s guidance, with the Anfield draw securing their best finish since Mauricio Pochettino left the club back in 2019.

Spurs are now four points clear of sixth-place Manchester United and can’t come below the Red Devils, which means they’ll be playing at least in the Europa League next season.

And Bridge reckons that a full summer of Conte, and keeping Kane, could see Tottenham emerge as Manchester City and Liverpool’s closest challengers.

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He told GIVEMESPORT: “I want him to have a proper pre-season, I think that’s where Spurs could be dangerous.

“I think if Tottenham finish in the top four, and Conte and Kane stay, I know I’m being a bit ambitious, but I think they will be in the title race next season. I think they will finish in the top three, that’s how highly I rate Conte.”

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Can Tottenham pip Arsenal to fourth?

A four point gap with just nine points up for grabs is an extremely tall order. However, should Spurs do the necessary and beat Arsenal on Thursday night, then they could be back in business.

Conte’s side would then need to get three points against Burnley to climb above Mikel Arteta’s men, who travel to Newcastle the following day.

That would ramp up the pressure on the Gunners, who would need to be perfect from then on in, with Spurs waiting in the wings ahead of their final-day trip to Norwich.

Conte’s side must win the derby this week to stand any chance of pipping their greatest rivals, but they’re far from out of the running.

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