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Third the spur for Tottenham

sports Updated: Apr 07, 2012 01:42 IST

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Tottenham Hotspur know they will reclaim third place in the Premier League if they avoid defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp's side are locked in an intriguing battle with north London rivals Arsenal for a guaranteed spot in the Champions League next season. Only goal difference currently separates the capital clubs and, whatever happens on Wearside, the door will still be open for Arsenal to go back ahead on Sunday by bettering Tottenham's result.

Balotelli antics
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini gets so frustrated by controversial striker Mario Balotelli that he admits if the pair had been teammates he would have hit him.

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The Italian, speaking before Balotelli's latest escapade - a minor car accident in Manchester on Thursday - told reporters that he did not speak to his young compatriot every day because if he did he would need to see a psychologist.

"I can understand it. I told him 'if you played with me, 10 years ago, I'd punch you in the head every day'," Mancini said.

"I understand his team mates but there are different ways to help guys like Mario. In every big game, he has played very well. His problem is his concentration but I work with him every day.

"I speak with him - not every day because I'd need a psychologist - but every two days I speak with him. Mario, as a player, can be one of the top in Europe. I don't want him to lose his talent."

Mancini is preparing his team for their must-win Premier League match at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday.