Antonio Conte says he is keen for Tottenham to ‘exploit’ their good form against Norwich as they bid to stay in touch with the top four – but insists his side must focus ‘game by game’ and ‘look at ourselves’
- Spurs are back in contention for the Champions League after their good form
- They are two points off West Ham, with Antonio Conte sparking a turnaround
- Conte is staying grounded and wants his side to take the season ‘game by game’
- He has said he is keen for Spurs to ‘exploit’ their good position against Norwich
Antonio Conte wants Tottenham to exploit their position in the race for the Premier League top four against Norwich.
Spurs find themselves back in the mix for Champions League qualification after two wins and a draw from Conte’s first three games in charge.
They are two points behind West Ham with a game in hand, which is a quick turnaround from a side that looked destined to finish in mid-table under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Antonio Conte says Tottenham should focus game by game in their Champions League push
Conte is not looking too far ahead, but knows the visit of Norwich is a good chance to further their position.
‘I think in this moment it’s more important to go game by game,’ he said. ‘I think it’s very important to look at ourselves, not others.
‘The table is surely very important. I always said we want to try to stay close to the first positions. When you stay close, you can improve with work, we can improve with time, to improve many aspects with the players. And then we’ll see what happens.
Spurs are back in contention for the top four after two wins and a draw under new boss Conte
‘Surely we need to improve, to be very good. Also to also hope that other teams can slip.
‘But at the same time, we have to stay there, very close. And there’s only one way to do this: to get three points.
‘Norwich is another important difficult game but it’s very important to get three points. The players know we have to exploit this moment and situation, have a good momentum and stay there.
‘To make points, the table is important. The win (against Brentford) gave us confidence and trust in the work and idea. For us, it’s very important to exploit this situation.’
Conte knows the visit of Norwich is a good chance to further Tottenham’s improved position
Norwich are currently 19th in the table as they bid to avoid immediate top-flight relegation
The return to form of Son Heung-min will be helpful, with the South Korean scoring one and making another in the victory over Brentford.
It was Son’s 75th Premier League goal for Spurs but first since mid-October and Conte knows he has a talent at his disposal.
‘For me, Sonny is a really, really good player, a top player,’ Conte said.
‘He’s a modern player. He has great quality. He’s fast, he’s resilient, he’s strong. When you have all these characteristics, it means that you’re a top player and Sonny has all these characteristics.’