Cracking Kane will help Tottenham push Chelsea hard

LONDON • Mauricio Pochettino has warned Chelsea that Harry Kane's unquenchable thirst for goals will keep Tottenham hot on the leaders' heels as the title race gathers pace.

The England international struck twice as Pochettino's side closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 3-2 win over Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Having taken his goal tally for the season to 24 in 28 appearances, Kane expressed disappointment he had not managed a fourth hat-trick in his last 10 games.

His ruthless attitude mirrors Pochettino's own steely desire for success, so it was no surprise to hear the Spurs boss outline his plan for overhauling Chelsea, who could restore their lead to 10 points by beating West Ham away last night.

"I'm a little disappointed with the way we finished, but we dominated for a long time against a team with very good players," he said.

"The most important thing is to show on the pitch that we believe. Today we showed that. It's better than talking about it.

"We need to be there. It's not up to us of course, but if we keep going in this way maybe we will achieve our goal in the end if Chelsea fail."

Kane's hot streak underlines why Pochettino ranks him alongside the world's best strikers and the Argentinian gave a revealing insight into the 23-year-old's work ethic.

"He makes a lot of double sessions, he is professional, takes care of himself and because of that he is fresh," said Pochettino, whose side have won a club-record nine successive home league games.

"He had a big chance for a hat-trick. He was a little bit upset. When you have the chance to kill the opponent you have to score."

Everton manager Ronald Koeman, whose team scored through Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia, was frustrated his players made sloppy mistakes for Kane's second goal and Dele Alli's late third.

And while he conceded that Tottenham were worthy winners, he does not believe the north Londoners will pip Chelsea to the title.

The Dutchman said: "Tottenham are really strong but it will be very difficult for them because of the distance in points. I think Chelsea are too strong for the rest."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2017, with the headline 'Cracking Kane will help Tottenham push Chelsea hard'. Print Edition | Subscribe