Ange doesn’t care about Arsenal rivalry as he tries to bring City down, Duran’s late double saves Villa against Liverpool


A win for Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham against Manchester City this week could hand the Premier League title to Spurs’ arch rivals Arsenal. So be it, says the Australian, who has said not only is he seeking a win, he cannot comprehend why any Tottenham fans would want their team to lose.

Spurs host the Premier League champions on Tuesday (Wednesday 0500 AEST) with City currently one point behind Arsenal, who have already played their 37th game. Anything other than a City win and Arsenal will go into Sunday’s final round of matches, when they host Everton, leading the table.

Spurs also have the incentive of knowing a win will keep their own Champions League qualification hopes alive after Aston Villa were held by Liverpool on Monday night. 

They would, though, need to beat Manchester City and, on Sunday, win at Sheffield United, and hope Villa lose at Crystal Palace.  

Nevertheless, the prospect of helping Arsenal win the title has led to suggestions that some Spurs fans want to lose but Postecoglou said: “I understand rivalry. I was part of one of the biggest ones in the world in the last couple of years with Celtic and Rangers. But I will never understand if someone wants their own team to lose. That’s not what sport is about. It’s not what I love about the game. 

“What I love more than anything in the game is the competitiveness, challenging yourself to beat someone and coming out successful. Anything outside of that it’s got nothing to do with sport. It’s got nothing to do with me. 

“If other people want to treat it that way, that they get pleasure from other people’s misery, that’s not how I’ve lived my life and how I perceive my role. 

“My role is to bring success to this football club and whatever proportion, whether it’s his two mates or 99 per cent of people you know, I know 100 per cent of Spurs supporters want us to win, be successful and win trophies. 

He added: “You think the majority of our fans will want us to not win tomorrow night? I don’t see it that way. I think the majority of our fans will create the atmosphere they always create at our home games. 

“We have an opportunity to measure ourselves against the best tomorrow night, a team that is consistently striving for honours. A team we want to try to emulate one day. 

“The best way to do that is to measure yourself against them by being yourself. We will go out there tomorrow night, play our football and see where it takes us.

“Real success looks like trophies. Anything else in between, bragging rights, whatever it is, it is absolutely meaningless to me, to anyone involved with me. We have a game tomorrow we want to win.”

Unable to secure fourth on the night, but Aston Villa remain in the driving seat ????

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Jhon Duran has scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn Aston Villa a thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool which moves them closer to Champions League qualification.

Villa looked dead and buried on Tuesday (AEST) as Emiliano Martinez’s astonishing gaffe handed the Reds a second-minute goal, which was cancelled out by Youri Tielemans, before strikes from Cody Gakpo and Jarell Quansah put them 3-1 up in Juergen Klopp’s final away game in charge.

But Duran climbed off the bench to score twice in four minutes and put Villa on the brink of qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

The draw means they will be guaranteed a top-four spot if Tottenham fail to beat Manchester City on Wednesday.

If Spurs win, their fate will go down to the final day where Villa travel to an in-form Crystal Palace while the London club visit already-relegated Sheffield United.

For Klopp, all roads now lead to Anfield where he will end his nine-year stint as Liverpool boss on what will surely be an emotional farewell against Wolves.

Aston Villa make it 3-3 in the 88th minute through a crazy Jhon Duran finish! ????

Liverpool stunned. Villa Park is PUMPING!

WATCH ????

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Liverpool were given a goal start after a spectacular blunder by Martinez with just over a minute on the clock.

Harvey Elliott’s cross innocuously deflected off Pau Torres and the Argentina goalkeeper spilled it and then clumsily knocked it over the line as he tried to gather the ball.

The hosts found their feet and levelled in the 12th minute.

Ollie Watkins skinned Quansah down the left and his pull-back fell kindly to Tielemans who fired home from 12 yards out.

This might be the miss of the season from Diego Carlos ????

WATCH ????

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Liverpool regained their lead in the 23rd minute with an electric move from back to front which ended in Gakpo converting from close range after Martinez could only palm away Joe Gomez’s cross.

Villa remained a threat and Diego Carlos provided a contender for the miss of the season 10 minutes before the break as he somehow put Bailey’s cross wide from barely a yard out.

Liverpool scored early again in the second half to extend their lead.

Quansah was given a free header at the far post from Elliott and he guided it into the far corner.

Ollie Watkins made the run and the assist. Youri Tielemans FINISHED ????

Tom Hanks loves it!

WATCH ????

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The home side were chasing the game and thought they had started a comeback when Watkins turned in Bailey’s cross, but the Jamaica international was offside in the build-up.

Liverpool were looking just as dangerous and also had a goal ruled out when Luis Diaz was offside before Mohamed Salah turned home.

Villa gave themselves hope in the final 10 minutes when Elliott was dispossessed and Duran drilled a low effort into the corner.

Three minutes later Villa Park exploded as Diaby’s attempted through-ball deflected off Duran’s knee and looped over Alisson.

Diaby could have won it for Villa but the Brazil goalkeeper made a brilliant save late on.

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