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Harry Kane: Tottenham need to be ready if Chelsea drop points


Harry Kane is the Premier League's top goalscorer with 19

Harry Kane is the Premier League's top goalscorer with 19

Harry Kane is the Premier League's top goalscorer with 19

Harry Kane has urged Tottenham to prove they are ready to last the pace this time around after fading badly during last season's Premier League title run-in.

Spurs were for a long time Leicester's closest rivals in the title race last term, but crumbled when the pressure mounted and ended up finishing third behind the Foxes and Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino's men cut the gap behind leaders Chelsea to seven points on Sunday by beating Everton 3-2 as Kane scored twice before Dele Alli added a third late on.

Antonio Conte's side swiftly restored their 10-point advantage on Monday night with a 2-1 victory at West Ham - a match for which Kane admitted he was supporting the Hammers, adding "we don't normally say that here".

But a kind run of fixtures could see Pochettino's men crank up the heat on the Blues, and Kane says Spurs have to show they are able to go the distance this term.

"We've got to concentrate on ourselves, build a gap on the teams around us and if Chelsea drop points then great and if they don't then we'll be second or third," the 23-year-old said.

"Hopefully. It's hard to talk and say we are because we've got to show we are," said Kane, who leads the Premier League scoring charts with 19 goals.

"We were disappointed last year, as we all know. We are in a good position now, trying to catch Chelsea, but it's important we build a gap between the teams around us as well and with Man United and Arsenal dropping points it was important we capitalise."

Kane also had some words of encouragement for fellow forward Vincent Janssen, who replaced him towards the end against Everton but has not started a league game since October.

"He's just got to do what he did against Everton, even though it might have only been three or four minutes at the end," the England international said.

"He held the ball up, won free-kicks and saw the game out for us and that's what he's got to do every time he gets an opportunity. He has to try to impress no matter how many minutes it is.

"I was the same, I tried to do as much as I could in that time. He's important, we are a team, we are a squad, every man is important."

Everton were flattered by the scoreline at White Hart Lane as Spurs dominated the majority of the contest before a Romelu Lukaku goal sparked hopes of a comeback for the visitors.

Alli looked to have put the result beyond doubt in stoppage time only for Enner Valencia to score Everton's second moments later.

Christian Eriksen believes Ronald Koeman's side were cautious in their approach.

"We saw the system and thought 'this will be one big counter, long ball to Lukaku and try to get the second ball'. That is what they tried," the Denmark midfielder said.

"We tried to do our thing and it's only a good thing if teams are scared to come."

Defeat ended Everton's nine-match unbeaten run in the league and means they stay seventh, five points behind Manchester United, having played a game more.

"I don't think we can have any complaints about the result," Toffees defender Seamus Coleman told the club's official website.

"We came down here knowing this would be our biggest test in a while and we wanted to see where we were at.

"I don't think we helped ourselves with the goals we gave away, we were a bit sloppy and gave away poor goals which we are disappointed with."

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