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It all comes down to this, kind of. Yeah, Tottenham have to beat Fulham so it does all come down to that, but then there's Chelsea next week and Arsenal and Newcastle this week. So it kind of comes down to this, which is good because if anything was straightforward in this clusterfuck of a season then it would be disconcerting.
Let's lay it out:
- If Tottenham win, they are guaranteed a top four finish.
- If Tottenham win and Arsenal lose or draw at West Brom, Spurs will finish in third place.
- If Tottenham draw and Arsenal then lose by two goals, Spurs finish ahead of the Gunners, but Newcastle can finish ahead of both for third place if they then win.
- If Tottenham lose and Newcastle win then the Magpies take fourth (or third) and Spurs are in fifth.
- Even if Spurs win or draw and finish fourth place, they are not guaranteed a place in the Champions League because if Chelsea win the Champions League final next week then they will take England's fourth spot in next year's competition.
But Fulham don't have much to play for. Spurs do. There's that Champions League thing, which is kind of a little important.
"To finish third would be an amazing achievement,'' Modric said. "We deserve to finish third if you look at how we have played over the season.''
Now I don't disagree with Luka often, or ever, but let's get one thing straight. Don't win tomorrow and you don't deserve shit.