There is a lot on the line for Tottenham Hotspur against Norwich, as Spurs try to return to the Champions League and more in the season finale.
Having found some consistency when it was most needed, Tottenham Hotspur controls their destiny heading into matchday 38. Spurs are two points ahead of Arsenal for fourth and have a vastly superior goal difference. The pressure is really on Tottenham to finish the job and turn several stones in the process.
Obvious rewards for Tottenham to play for vs. Norwich
Tottenham Hotspur started the season with three wins, but things quickly went south for Nuno Espirito Santo, and Spurs were scrambling to stay in the top half. When Antonio Conte came to the team in late 2021, Spurs were ninth and going nowhere fast. Now Tottenham has an opportunity to finish in the top four places and return to the Champions League.
Returning to the Champions League is the most obvious reward for getting a result on Sunday against Norwich. Spurs have missed out on the Champions League since their miraculous run to the finals in 2019. A return to the top level is significant after falling out of Europe’s third-tier competition this past season.
Beyond the prestige of playing in the Champions League, the monetary benefit is tremendous. Given that Spurs need to invest in the team to fight on multiple fronts, the extra money from the Champions League will be vital in that effort.
Of course, beyond that fourth place and Champions League birth, finishing in front of rivals Arsenal would be icing on the cake.
Besides the apparent benefits of finishing fourth, finishing the job and taking fourth is essential for three other reasons.