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SALIBA SPURRED ON TO CLAIM TITLE

- by JEREMY CROSS

WILLIAM SALIBA is ‘praying’ Tottenham do bitter rivals Arsenal one of the biggest favours in football history tonight.

Spurs host Manchester City in a crunch showdown that could have a defining impact on the title race. If City win to go back to the top of the table, Pep Guardiola’s men can clinch a record fourth straight title by beating West Ham on the final day of the season this weekend. But if Tottenham can somehow beat the reigning champions, Arsenal, who host Everton on Sunday for their last league game, will be in pole position to pip City to the post and win the Premier League for the first time in 20 years.

The prospect of Tottenham helping Arsenal become champions is so bad that even some of their own fans do not want them to beat Pep Guardiola’s men.

But while Saliba admits the entire Gunners squad will be cheering on their enemy, he has no doubts Ange Postecoglo­u’s side will be profession­al and do what they can to take down City.

The France internatio­nal said: “I think all the team will be Tottenham fans on Tuesday.

“Let’s pray for Tuesday. I hope it will be a good week for us and we will see. We have another job next weekend, so let’s see what happens.

“I know their fans don’t want them to win against City, but they are good competitor­s. I think they will try their best to win.

“We know that Tottenham is a very good team. Our first game and second game with them (this season) were not easy. I hope they will be at their best on Tuesday.”

Arsenal switched the pressure back onto City with a hard-fought win at Old

Trafford on Sunday thanks to Leandro Trossard’s first-half strike.

Saliba admits his side were far from their best and had to suffer to get the three points.

But the defender, 23, knows that at this stage of the season results and not performanc­es are all that count.

He added: “We are happy because it wasn’t easy to go there and to take the points.

“It was a long time that we hadn’t gone there and won. Of course, we weren’t so good and we suffered a lot.

“We had to stay compact and suffer until the end. We did well. We took the three points and let’s move to next week.”

 ?? ?? ■ MAKING A FIST OF IT: William Saliba
■ MAKING A FIST OF IT: William Saliba

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