Harry Kane has warned his Tottenham team-mates that anything less than six points from their remaining two matches will likely result in them missing out on European football next term.
Spurs claimed a 3-1 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday to move them up to seventh, which would be high enough to secure a spot in next season’s Europa League, assuming the FA Cup is won by a team already certain of European qualification.
Sheffield United could move back above Spurs when they play their game in hand on Thursday, though their opponents – Leicester City – are also in the mix, meaning at least one European hopeful will drop points.
With the Premier League then heading into its final two rounds of matchdays, Jose Mourinho will hope Spurs are primed to take full advantage of any slip-ups – particularly given Champions League qualification is still a remote possibility.
Kane has told his colleagues they must assume anything other than two wins against Leicester and Crystal Palace will see them fail.
“[Beating Newcastle] was a massive win,” he told the Spurs website. “We said before, ‘Three games, it has to be three wins if we want to be in with a shout of reaching the Europa League.’
“Arsenal was a big win for us and that gave us momentum coming into these final three games. Every game is tough, and it’s been an up-and-down season for us, especially our away form, so we knew it was important to get the three points and thankfully we did.
“Now, some of the teams around us have to play each other, so we’d imagine two more wins and we should be in the Europa League places, but we can only take care of ourselves and see what happens. It’s a massive game on Sunday [against Leicester] now.”
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