Tottenham Hotspur are up against it this season in the race for the top four, despite the fact that the Premier League is their only remaining competition.
The Lilywhites currently sit in eighth in the Premier League table, although Arsenal are only one point behind and have a game in hand.
Chelsea are still the team to beat when it comes to taking that fourth spot, as they currently sit on 48 points.
Manchester United are next on 45 points, followed by Wolves and Sheffield United on 43, then Spurs on 41 points.
The Lilywhites will need to make up seven points on Chelsea in just nine games this season if they hope to guarantee their Champions League status next season.
Perhaps Daniel Levy and co will be hoping that Manchester City’s ban will also open up fifth as a Champions League spot if the Citizens fail with their appeal.
Jose Mourinho admitted that the top four will now be very difficult (Football London): “With the squad we have at the moment it’s going to be very, very difficult. These problems are not going to disappear from today to tomorrow. But we have matches to play, matches to fight in. You can see in our matches in the Premier League that we fight until the end.
“In the Premier League, we don’t have results where we had no chances to fight for the points. When we lost matches, we lost matches 2-1, 3-2, 1-0. We had draws so it’s not like we don’t fight.
“So we will fight and the players have to be very strong to fight with the limitations we have. This time we are not going to recover any players for next Sunday. At least we have a little period, not just two days like we have all the time, we have four days in between.
“At least by the physical point of view, the players can react in a better way so yes we’re going to fight.”
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