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Antonio Conte looking to join exclusive club with top-four finish

Antonio Conte looking to join exclusive club with top-four finish
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is aiming to become the fifth Premier League manager to achieve top-four finishes with two different clubs against Norwich City.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte will be aiming to join an exclusive club by sealing a top-four Premier League finish in Sunday's final-day showdown with Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Following Arsenal's loss to Newcastle United on Monday, Tottenham will start the day two points clear of their North London rivals in the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Victory over the Canaries would seal top four for the Lilywhites, and only an extreme set of circumstances would see Tottenham fail to qualify with a point at Carrow Road.

If Tottenham and Norwich were to shake hands on a point, Arsenal would need to beat Everton by a 16-goal margin to pip their bitter rivals to a spot at Europe's top table.

Conte has already achieved one top-four finish in the Premier League - leading Chelsea to the 2016-17 title before a disappointing fifth-placed ranking the next season.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho celebrates after the match on April 14, 2022© Reuters

Should Tottenham successfully qualify for the Champions League on Sunday, Conte will become just the fifth manager in history to achieve a top-four Premier League finish with two separate clubs.

Sir Kenny Dalglish was the first to do so, as the Scotsman achieved top four three times with Blackburn Rovers before steering Newcastle United to second place in the 1996-97 season.

Rafael Benitez's tenure at Liverpool saw him lead the Reds into the top four on four separate occasions, and his short stint with Chelsea ended with a third-placed finish in 2012-13.

Across his two spells at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho achieved five top-four finishes with the London club, and the Portuguese also helped Manchester United finish second in 2017-18.

Finally, Claudio Ranieri achieved fourth and then second place with Chelsea in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons prior to his infamous title charge with Leicester City six years ago.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte reacts on April 3, 2022© Reuters

However, Spurs are taking on an already-relegated side on the final day of the season for the sixth time this weekend, and they have already lost three of the previous five.

Conte's 35 games at Tottenham so far have produced 20 wins, five draws and 10 defeats in all competitions, and the 52-year-old's contract at the club expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.

The Italian's future has been called into question during Spurs' inconsistent patches, but he is expected to stay on for at least another 12 months ahead of a busy summer transfer window.

Conte is not the only one out for a slice of personal history on Sunday, as Harry Kane could set a new Premier League final-day goalscoring record at Carrow Road.

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