Dean Smith is looking to end Tottenham's Champions League dream
Dean Smith is looking to defy the odds by ending Tottenham’s Champions League dream and Son Heung-min’s chances of pipping Mo Salah to the Golden Boot on the final day of the season
- Dean Smith is looking to defy the odds and secure a victory over Tottenham
- Tottenham are looking to pip Arsenal to the final Champions League place
- Therefore, they must be Norwich in the Premier League clash on Sunday
- Just one point for Spurs would do it against hosts who are already down
Dean Smith is hoping the Premier League’s leakiest defence can defy the odds to spoil Tottenham’s season.
Spurs kick off at Norwich on Sunday afternoon on the brink of pipping neighbours Arsenal for the final Champions League qualification slot.
Just one point would do it against hosts who are already down and have let in 79 goals so far.
Dean Smith is looking to defy the odds and secure a victory over Tottenham on Sunday
Norwich manager Smith is keen for three points however which would lift them above Watford should the Hornets lose at Chelsea.
That would earn the Canaries an extra £2million. Tottenham manager Antonio Conte would bank a bigger sum himself in Champions League qualification bonuses but for Smith it would be a welcome windfall towards rebuilding in the Championship next season.
‘Yes, but is he happy like me?’ joked Smith about the Italian’s potential £2.5million payout. ‘The two million could be useful and is something that it is being dangled above us — and it would be nice to be party poopers.’
Spurs are looking to pip Arsenal to the final Champions League place by beating Norwich
Just one point for Antonio Conte’s side would do it against hosts who are already down
Ruining Son Heung-min’s day is also on Smith’s agenda as the South Korean striker kicks off a single goal behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Son has already got the better of Smith twice this season. First he helped Tottenham to a 2-1 home victory in October against Aston Villa, who sacked Smith four games later. Then he netted the third in a 3-0 Norwich loss in December four games into Smith’s new job at Norwich.
‘Let’s hope he gets the bronze boot then!’ Smith said. ‘He is an unbelievable forward and in the games I have played against him this season he has been the difference.’
Ruining Son Heung-min’s day is also on Smith’s agenda as the South Korean kicks off a single goal behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot
Smith will look to striker in Teemu Pukki (middle) to find the back of the net against Tottenham
Norwich City have a striker in Teemu Pukki who has already picked up some silverware.
The Finland forward has scored 11 goals so far, which earned him the fans’ player of the year trophy.
Norwich have triggered a one-year option on his contract and Smith said: ‘I’m really pleased with what Teemu brings off and on the pitch.
‘He is low-maintenance but is well-respected as well. He doesn’t say an awful lot but when he does he is listened to, which is really important.’
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