Harry Kane has told Sky Sports that Tottenham are still vying to qualify for Europe and are aiming to beat Leeds United on Sunday afternoon – with Leeds needing a win at Elland Road to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.
Spurs sit in eighth place and are a point behind Aston Villa, who recently beat Kane’s side 2-1. Seventh place is the last spot for European qualification, a place in the Europa Conference League. Villa play host to Brighton on Sunday.
Leeds, meanwhile, need to win. Every Leeds fan knows the permutations. Every Leeds fan will have been trying to work out the possible scenarios ahead of Sunday. But, Leeds need to win and need Everton to lose to Bournemouth.
We also need West Ham to get a result at Leicester. There is a scenario in which Everton draw with Bournemouth and Leeds beat Spurs by three or more goals that also works, but it is unlikely. Kane previewed Sunday’s clash.
“That’s always been out target [to finish in Europe],” Kane said to Sky Sports last night, while attending the 2023 Women’s Football Awards. “To try and finish as high up in the League table as possible. That is still the case.
“We need to try and win on Sunday and see where that puts us. It depends on other results. We’re going for a win and try to send the away fans home happy and finish well after a tough season,” the England captain continued.
Harry Kane says Tottenham aiming to beat Leeds and qualify for Europe
Spurs have a much better chance of qualifying for the Conference League – a seventh-placed finish is the best they can achieve this season – than Leeds have of staying up. They must beat Leeds, hoping Villa do not beat Brighton.
Brighton, though, have secured Europa League football for next season – doing so with a draw against Manchester City. It might mean that they are on the beach. An early Villa goal may actually demoralise Spurs and help Leeds.