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What Tottenham players are saying ahead of Manchester City clash

Senior players at Tottenham Hotspur have dispelled rumours that they will take their foot off the pedal against Manchester City

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Tottenham midfielder James Maddison and winger Dejan Kulusevski have assured fans that they won’t entertain the idea of sabotaging Arsenal’s Premier League title aspirations when Spurs face Manchester City.

While Tottenham’s chances of securing a Champions League spot could diminish if fourth-placed Aston Villa defeats Liverpool on Monday, Ange Postecoglou’s squad remains hopeful of a potential berth. This scenario hinges on Tottenham avoiding defeat against City on Tuesday, thereby placing their arch-rivals, Arsenal, in a favorable position on the league’s final day.

Manchester City, the reigning champions, are currently one point behind Arsenal, who maintain a superior goal difference but have played one more game. A victory for City in North London would propel Pep Guardiola’s side into the final day with a two-point advantage over the Gunners. Conversely, anything less than a win against Spurs would see Arsenal assume the leading position.

Although a faction of Tottenham supporters might entertain the idea of their team losing to prevent Arsenal’s title triumph, players like Maddison and Kulusevski remain focused solely on their own objectives and the slim chance of securing a Champions League spot.

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Maddison affirmed Tottenham’s commitment to finishing the season on a high note, emphasizing their professionalism and dedication to securing victories in their remaining fixtures. 

“We need to finish the season strongly,” Maddison said after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley. “Of course we will be giving everything on Tuesday.

“We are professionals. The only way we can qualify for the Champions League is if we win all our games, so (helping Arsenal) that’s one for the fans to talk about, not us players.”

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Similarly, Kulusevski expressed eagerness to maintain Tottenham’s home dominance against City and relish the challenge of facing one of the league’s top teams.

“It’s a team we love playing against. We love playing against the strongest teams. So it’s going to be a nice evening. The fact they leave spaces behind the backline is one thing, but there are many different things when you play against the best.”

Manager Postecoglou echoed his players’ sentiments, stating Tottenham’s determination to compete against City despite their formidable stature. He acknowledged the gap between his team and the league’s frontrunners but expressed confidence in Tottenham’s ability to challenge and showcase their brand of football.

With the spotlight firmly on Tottenham’s clash with City, both teams are poised for a high-stakes encounter that could have significant implications for the Premier League title race and Tottenham’s European ambitions.

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