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Conte claimed Man Utd remain the favourites to secure UCL qualification

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte claimed Manchester United remain the favourites to secure Champions League qualification after watching his side beat West Ham 3-1.

Conte also acknowledged that local rivals Arsenal has a “big advantage” over his Spurs side in the battle for a top-four finish.

Two goals from  Son, both assisted by Harry Kane, fired Spurs to a 3-1 victory over London rivals West Ham

On Sunday, Conte took charge of his 400th match as a top-flight manager.

Tottenham’s win over the Irons represents his 253rd win in those games (he has 81 draws and 66 losses).

Speaking to Sky Sports after Spurs moved fifth in the table, three points behind Arsenal having played one game more,

Antonio Conte insisted that his side are not amongst the favourites for a top-four spot.

But Conte emphasised the importance of the still-to-be-rearranged North London derby.

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Conte claimed Man Utd remain the favourites to secure UCL qualification

Conte said:

“You know my thoughts about the third Champions League place.

“There are four teams in England, in my opinion, which are better than the others.

“I’m talking about [Manchester] City, United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

“But if one of these four teams fails this season, Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham need to be ready to try to stay very close until the end.

“Anything can happen, especially in this league. If you remember, Liverpool struggled a lot last season. Now Manchester United is working.

“We know that at this moment, Arsenal has a big advantage, but at the same time, we have a game here against Arsenal, and we will see [what happens].”

Tottenham produced a dominant display against the Hammers, creating a tally of 2.70 expected goals (xG) and registering 17 shots to West Ham’s six.

The 3-1 triumph came as a relief to a Spurs side that had lost five of their seven previous Premier League London derbies this season, last losing more in a single campaign in 2004-05 (seven), and Conte said he was “delighted” with the performance.

“I’m delighted,” he added. “Not only because we got three points, but because I have seen a team which played football from the start until the end.

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Conte claimed Man Utd remain the favourites to secure UCL qualification

“We dominated the game and created many chances to score many positive things.

“It was a perfect game for us. In many aspects, we are improving a lot, not only tactically.

“But we are starting to control the games for 90 minutes.

“I also think that we enjoy playing football, which is important for our fans, who come here.

“I think they were delighted to see the team win in this way.”

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