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sbobet asia Ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham's crunch contest in the race for the top four, live on Sky Sports, we look back at when Spurs sealed a Champions League spot on the penultimate day of the season.

It will not be the first time that Spurs - who can move eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with victory - have been involved in a crucial top-four clash late in the season.

Ahead of this weekend's showdown, we look back at 2009/10 when Spurs faced Manchester City on the penultimate day of the season, in a game that would decide who finished fourth and who missed out on Champions League football…

The situation
With 10 games of the 2009/10 season to go it looked like a four-way shootout for fourth place. Only three points separated Tottenham in fourth and Aston Villa in seventh, with Liverpool and Manchester City in between.

But it was City and Spurs who finished stronger. Spurs beat Chelsea and Arsenal in successive weeks, while City scored 14 goals over three games before dropping points against Manchester United and Arsenal.

What they said
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "Being in the Champions League would allow us to progress. It is important for the club and everyone here. The game will probably decide where we finish this season. If we win we have probably a 70-80 per cent of getting fourth."

How it unfolded
With Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch coming into the starting XI, Spurs went closest in a frantic start as Crouch headed against the post from a Gareth Bale free-kick. The visitors then saw a goal chalked off as Ledley King was penalised for a foul on Gareth Barry as he turned in from a corner. sbobet asia

Heurelho Gomes was called into action at the other end to keep out a shot from Adam Johnson and also prevent an own goal when Barry's cross hit Bale and deflected goalwards.

City lost Barry to injury in the second half and saw on-loan goalkeeper Marton Fulop save well from Jermain Defoe.

What they said afterwards
Harry Redknapp: "It's fantastic. It's been a terrific season for us, we've played some great football along the way and we deserve it. It was a good night, we played some good stuff and I could see the goal coming. It was a good performance. Finishing fourth gives me a lot of pleasure. It's great for the club."

What happened next?
Tottenham's first involvement in the Champions League would prove to be a memorable one as they reached the quarter-finals, finishing ahead of Inter Milan in their group and then beating AC Milan in the last 16. They lost to Real Madrid in the last eight and would finish fifth in the Premier League.

What's next for Chelsea and Spurs?
After this weekend, both Chelsea and Tottenham only play two sides in the top half of the table in their remaining seven Premier League games.

Spurs play Man City and Leicester at home while Chelsea face Burnley away and Liverpool at home. sbobet asia
 

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