Antonio Conte issues ominous warning to Tottenham trio ahead of Brighton clash

Antonio Conte knows his team cannot afford to lose any further ground in their race for the top four places ahead of Wednesday night's clash against out-of-form Brighton

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has called on Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Hugo Lloris to help deliver Champions League qualification.

Spurs are outsiders in the race for the top four after Saturday’s defeat at Manchester United left them six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

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Realistically Conte’s side may have to win almost all of their remaining games to get back in Europe’s top level competition and the Italian knows he needs his big players to perform ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Brighton.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has laid down the challenge as his team prepare to push for the Champions League places ahead of Brighton

“If you want to have a hope to fight until the end for this type of target, this is the moment I have to ask a lot to the big players,” he said.

“To Harry, Hugo and Sonny. These players have to lead the situation to keep us until the end there. At the moment, experience is very important. We don’t have a lot of experience in this team and it’s right to ask the players with experience and big talent to give everything.

“I think they’re giving everything but 100 per cent is not enough. We need to ask 120, 130 per cent to have this type of target.

“It will be very important to have people with great talent to lead us until the end and to try to be very close to reach this target.”

It is not just Arsenal that Spurs are contending with for the top four as Manchester United, West Ham and Wolves are also in the mix.

“But I think that in this moment, Arsenal seems favourite for fourth place and United, but don’t forget there’s also West Ham and don’t forget Wolverhampton,” Conte added.

“They’re having a fantastic season and they’re in the same position.

“In England it’s not easy, it’s not simple. When you start the season normally you think it’s four top clubs that at the end, these four teams go to the Champions League: United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool.

“But last season Liverpool struggled to reach their place in the Champions League. This season it’s happening to United. This league is very difficult.”