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Sat 21 May 2022, 11:30|Tottenham Hotspur

Here we go then... N17 Live presenter Ben Haines and Club commentator Rob Daly's last preview of the season - and we've saved the most important until last as we face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday (4pm) with fourth place and Champions League qualification up for grabs. Take it away, chaps!

Rob Daly

"I honestly didn’t foresee Spurs being in this position after the draw at Brentford (23 April). It felt like that result, coupled with the Brighton defeat, were too damaging. But three wins and a draw later and we all know the situation going in to final day - a point is enough for a return to the Champions League. The last 10 days have been pretty extraordinary. To think Spurs were a north London derby defeat from losing out on a top four finish. Now, it’s in the players’ hands to secure it at Carrow Road.

"Just look at the numbers. It’s nine wins from 13 since the February loss at Turf Moor. The 10 points from the last four matches have come against Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley. The team is so solid defensively too - conceding just five times in 10 games. Not only that, but the personality of the side seems different. Heung-Min Son was telling Ben and I on Sunday on N17 Live about the difference Antonio Conte has made to the mentality of the group. The Italian’s six months in charge have been transformative.

"What I think will please him immensely too is the way in which other players have stepped up in recent weeks. The starting 11 seemed so settled at one point, but injuries to Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon and Cuti Romero - added to those of Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga - plus Sunday’s illness issue for Dejan Kulusevski, has meant this has been a squad triumph to get into this position. Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal in particular are playing their best football for Spurs - while Davinson Sanchez has been near flawless since coming in to that settled back three.

"Norwich are obviously already down, but showed last weekend against Wolves at Molineux that they can cause an upset. That 1-1 draw killed Wolves’ chances of European football for next season - and came after a run of five defeats. Even the incentive to not finish bottom (they’re a point behind Watford) and signing off from the Premier League with a big result is enough for them to give Spurs a fight on Sunday. Judging by Conte’s press conference, there’s no doubt in his mind that Dean Smith’s side will compete. Hopefully, Harry Kane will be well enough to start - while you’d expect Kulusevski to come back in. It’s been a wild season, with so many talking points and ups and downs - but I don’t doubt the players have the quality and mental strength to claim Champions League football on Sunday."

Ben Haines

"I can’t believe that we’re at this point in the season already - and I suppose not just the fact we've swept through 37 games, but also that at this point, in particular, sitting two points ahead of Arsenal in fourth place, just three behind Chelsea in third and a draw needed to get us over the line against Norwich and into the Champions League next season - that's really quite special. And it does feel like we've managed to squeeze three seasons worth of ups, downs and narratives into this campaign!

"I don’t know about everyone else, but the north London derby did so much for me this year. Not just in terms of the fact that we beat Arsenal so comfortably and put ourselves in a great position, but the confidence that then ran through everyone, it really felt like the momentum completely shifted in our favour that night. There's been so many of those points along the way that have felt so crucial to this season's story - the win at Leicester, the defeat to Manchester United at home, the win away at City.

"In particular though I remember the period that we went through from New Year's Day through to the end of February where we went through a win/loss pattern. Then suddenly it felt like everything snapped into place when we thumped Everton 5-0 (7 March). I realise that's in no small part down to the fact that Antonio had so much more time on the training ground once we went down to one game per week - but, at the same time, the consistency since then has been outstanding.

"There's also no getting away from the fact that despite the injuries we've suffered, players have really really stepped up. Romero has been unreal, Deki and Rodrigo Bentancur coming in in January gave us a new dimension. The wing-backs have all played their part in a hugely demanding system. Hugo Lloris as ever just seems to be finding new ways to develop his game and become better and better.

"I can't imagine that Norwich will give up their playing style and there is no way that they will roll over for Spurs, so we need to be at our best and prepared to approach Sunday in the way we approached the north London derby.

"To come back to that point at the beginning and the position that we're in... if someone said to you back in August that this is where we'd be on the last day of the season, I think we as Spurs fans would have bitten your arm off!"

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