Antonio Conte has insisted that Tottenham remain in the hunt for a top four place after seeing his side earn a crucial 3-1 win against West Ham.
Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead midway through the first half courtesy of an own goal and Heung-min Son, before Said Benrahma reduced the deficit to one before the break.
The Korean then made sure of the points for Spurs deep into the second period to move his side within three points of Arsenal, who occupy the final Champions League place.
And Conte has reiterated that, despite the struggles for consistency in 2022, qualification for Europe’s elite competition continues to remain a possibility until the very end of term.
He told BBC Sport (March 20, 7:06pm): “We have this ambition, the ambition is to target fourth place. Before my arrival this seemed difficult to reach. But now after five months this is starting working.
“We want to stay in this race until the end. It’s very difficult but we are improving in a way that I like. I think we lost two games at home to Southampton and Wolverhampton that killed us in the moment.
“But also it was the right moment to go stronger and to work harder and to continue to make improvements in many aspects.
“This team is growing in the mentality, they are learning to control the game and this is very important.”
Spurs are next in action after the international break when they host a resurgent Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a fortnight.
Spurs Web Opinion
Victory over West Ham was imperative to keep Spurs in the fight for a top four spot and they achieved that very comfortably.
Consistency has been the issue since the turn of the year and with two wins on the bounce, hopefully, they can use that as a building block for more ahead of the run-in.
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