Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the Champions League on the last day of the season, hammering relegated Norwich City 5-0 at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Sunday, edging out London rivals Arsenal for fourth place.
Following Arsenal’s midweek setback at Newcastle United, Spurs’ fate was once again in their own hands, and two goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Heung-Min Son, together with a Harry Kane header, were more than enough to secure fourth place for Antonio Conte’s side.
Tottenham finished the season with 71 points, two more than Arsenal in fifth place, and will be back in Europe’s premier club tournament for the first time since the 2019-20 season. The Gunners will compete in the Europa League next season.
“To be honest, I believe (finishing fourth tonight) is one of the most significant accomplishments in my career,” Tottenham manager Antonio Conte told Sky Sports.
“I believe we did an excellent job, and this is a significant accomplishment in a challenging league where the greatest players and coaches may be found. Even though I didn’t win a trophy this season, I’m content.”
Son’s double drew him level with Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the Premier League Golden Boot competition.
“It’s an honor to get this award… As a youngster, I fantasized about it. It’s literally in my hands. I still can’t believe it, “According to the South Korean,
Spurs took the lead in the 16th minute when Kulusevski scored from close range after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg set up Rodrigo Bentancur with a lofted pass to the outside of the box, which the Uruguay international squared to the Swede.
Kane increased the advantage in the 32nd minute when Norwich goalie Tim Krul made a mistake by playing the ball straight to Bentancur at the corner of the area, whose cross was met by the England striker, who scored with a diving header into an empty net.
Kane’s 17th league goal this season puts him fourth in the table, one goal behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Norwich, who seldom reached Tottenham’s area in the first half, came out firing after the interval, with striker Teemu Pukki having a powerful drive saved in the 47th minute.
Spurs, on the other hand, continued to enjoy their day, and in the 64th minute, January signing Kulusevski made it 3-0 with a great solo effort, shooting into the upper left corner from the outside of the box for his fifth goal in 18 league appearances.
Son scored two more in the 70th and 75th minutes after Krul denied him three opportunities in the previous ten minutes.
Tottenham’s win against Norwich matched their highest result this season, which came in March when they defeated Everton 5-0 at home.
Norwich, who had only won one of their previous 16 league games, finished bottom of the table with 22 points and have now been relegated from the Premier League seven times since 1995, prompting protests from some supporters outside the stadium after the game.