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Ange Postecoglou said Tottenham will do everything they can to beat Manchester City on Tuesday, even though it could open the door for bitter north London rivals Arsenal to win the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are one point above City at the top of the table, but crucially Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.

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Arsenal, with 86 points, host Everton in their final game of the season on Sunday, while City play West Ham at home.

It means that if City win their final two games they will secure an unprecedented fourth consecutive English top-flight title.

Much of the talk ahead of Tuesday’s match revolved around whether Tottenham fans want their team to lose to deny Arsenal the chance to win the league for the first time in 20 years.

But Spurs manager Postecoglou was irritated at his pre-match press conference on Monday at the idea that Spurs were focused on anything other than a win.

“I understand the rivalry,” Postecoglou said. “I was part of one of the biggest in the world in recent years with Celtic and Rangers, and I understand the rivalry. But I have never understood, and will never understand, anyone wanting their own team to lose.

“That’s not what sports is about. That’s not what I like about the game. What I love most about the game is the competitiveness, challenging yourself to beat someone and come out successful.

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Postecoglou was dismayed to think that Tottenham fans wanted to lose to Manchester City so that Arsenal could not win the title. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


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“Anything outside of that has nothing to do with sports. It has nothing to do with me. If other people want to deal with it in this way, that they take pleasure in the misery of others, then I haven’t lived my life that way.”

“It’s hard work, perseverance, it’s resilience, it’s quality that will get us what we want, not falling for any kind of false dawns or short term result reactions, staying the course and thirdly, knowing what real success looks like .

“Real success looks like trophies. Everything else in between, bragging rights, whatever, it’s absolutely meaningless to me… we have a game tomorrow that we want to win.

The former Celtic boss said he was confident supporters would get behind Tottenham on Tuesday and that opinions online were not a good guide.

“If you look at social media there’s probably 99 per cent of Spurs supporters who don’t want that (want to beat City), if that’s your world, but please don’t tell me that’s your world… we will should have consultation.” session if that’s your world,” he said.

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“I understand the rivalry. I have been part of one of the biggest in the world in recent years with Celtic and Rangers, but I will never understand when someone wants their own team to lose. That’s not what sport is about.”

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