Tottenham receive major boost in their Champions League top four race as North London rivals Arsenal fell short against Liverpool.
On the night Tottenham kept their top-four hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Brighton, their North London rivals Arsenal were dealt a blow in their Premier League top four.
The Gunners went toe-to-toe with the visitors in the opening 45 minutes, full of confidence after a run of five straight win that has taken them into fourth.
Diogo Jota’s breakthrough goal early in the second half was soon followed by a second from substitute Roberto Firmino to make Tottenham three points behind Arsenal having played more game and with North London still coming up.
Conte Speaking to the media after Tottenham 2-0 victory over Brighton:
A lot of positive things, but from tomorrow, we have to start to think of Sunday. It is very important against an opponent in West Ham that has the same target.
“It’s important for us to have a target [of the top four] because if we have a target – also a high target – you show ambition. I think my teams need to have ambition and also to try to reach a target that in this moment is very difficult to reach, but we have to try.
“We know there are ten games before we finish the season and there are 30 points and we’ll try every game to get three points. For sure, I am pleased because I am seeing my team improve a lot.”
Next on Tottenham’s fixtures is Sunday’s London derby against the Hammers in a game that Antonio Conte’s men will have to win to keep their top-four hopes alive.