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Norwich’s Dean Smith: ‘I don’t care about the top four battle’

Norwich City head coach Dean Smith has said he does not care who finishes in the top four this season — so long as his side beat Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on Sunday.

Spurs travel to Norwich knowing that anything but defeat will virtually guarantee them a place in the Champions League next season.

Their north London rivals Arsenal, who host Everton at the same time on Sunday, trail them by two points and 15 goals, meaning Mikel Arteta’s side need a big favour from Norwich.

But Smith has said he has no interest in the race for Champions League football next season and is more interested in helping his relegated Norwich side leapfrog Watford on the final day.

“I have had texts off Arsenal fans and I have had texts off Tottenham fans, but I have no allegiance to either so there is no extra motivation at all,” the Norwich boss said.

“That (top four battle) does not affect us at all. It is a game of football.

“It is our last home game of the season and last Premier League game of the season.”

“We will try and win the football game because we want to get the points, but there is no extra motivation (because we can deny Spurs a Champions League spot).”

Norwich have won just five Premier League matches all season but can climb off the foot of the table if they beat Spurs and Watford fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the final day.

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