The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-07-20

Total Football : 14 : 6

Total Football

6 The Daily Telegraph Monday 20 July 2020 *** Total Football If ever one match encapsulat­ed how the three-month coronaviru­s lockdown will have influenced the final Premier League table, then this was it. Tottenham Hotspur were heading for mid-table before the suspension of football, and Harry Kane was looking at returning from longterm injury in the club’s last home game against Leicester City as a best-case scenario. Son Heung-min was also out and, although Leicester had started to wobble, they would never have envisaged they would be looking at entering the Europa League with Jose Mourinho’s team. But that is exactly what is unfolding as Kane, looking sharper than he has for some time, scored twice in a victory that had consequenc­es for both Europa League and Champions League qualificat­ion. A third successive victory meant Spurs moved up to sixth, which would ensure them a Europa League spot, although Arsenal’s progressio­n into the FA Cup final could rob them of a place if they drop back down to seventh and the Gunners go on to collect the trophy. “Clearly we are one of the teams with more points during this period after the break,” Mourinho said. “Now we have to fight to finish sixth. We have to win and that is difficult and wait for something in our other opponents. “Seventh is what we can achieve without dependence on the others. What we are doing and what we are improving is very important for next season.” Leicester, however, look increasing­ly likely to fall out of the top

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