Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur can still pile the pressure on leaders Chelsea by maximising what he sees as the advantage of playing first in the next series of Premier League matches.
Spurs can close the gap to only one point with victory over West Ham United on Friday night and, with Kane adamant that they should have beaten Arsenal even more easily than Sunday’s eventual 2-0 scoreline, he still thinks the title race is alive. “It is good to go first,” he said. “We knew what it was like last year with Leicester playing before us. It is difficult. It is good to try to play first and try to put that pressure on. It is another tough game away from home, but hopefully we can get that win, put that pressure on and wait and see.”
Spurs have won their last nine Premier League games virtually to guarantee a highest-ever position of at least second, with rivals Arsenal also now fully 17 points adrift and struggling even to finish in the top four. Kane scored what was the last derby goal at White Hart Lane and believes his team were comfortably superior. “I should have had a couple more but it was an important goal for us and one that meant a lot to me personally,” he said.
“The only disappointing thing is that we didn’t win by a few more. We had some open goals in the first half which we should have put away and even when we went 2-0 up it looked more like we were going to get a third than they would score and get back into the game. It was a fantastic performance all the way through and a mature performance.
“The most important thing for us was putting pressure back on Chelsea. It was a big game for us and watching them win meant we knew we had to win as well. It is an added bonus that the last derby game at the Lane we have managed to finish above Arsenal. It was good for the fans and good for the club but we are thinking about trying to get that title.”
The new stadium is also now very visibly taking shape and Kane believes that the successes of the past two seasons can still be improved upon.
“We have just got to keep building,” he said. “Every time we drive in to the stadium as a squad we can see how big that stand is getting. It shows the way the club is going. We have got a fantastic manager who is one of the best in the world. We have got a great squad, a real togetherness and we are just going in the right direction.
“I think we have had a better season than last year and, whatever happens this year, next year we have got to be even better. I think that is important. We are on 77 points which is seven more than what we finished on last year and we have still got four games to go. To get past 80 or 85 would be massive. We could end up on 89 and still not win the league. We feel we can beat anyone. It is exciting times.”