Mour­inho backs Chelsea to sub­due red-hot Kane

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LON­DON: Jose Mour­inho is con­fi­dent his Chelsea de­fense can nul­lify the threat of in-form Harry Kane even if John Terry fails to re­cover in time to face Lon­don ri­vals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur to­day. Mour­inho’s side head to White Hart Lane af­ter keep­ing two con­fi­dence-boost­ing clean sheets, first in last week­end’s vic­tory over Nor­wich City and then in the mid­week Cham­pi­ons League suc­cess at Mac­cabi Tel Aviv. Terry limped out of the game in Is­rael and the Blues cap­tain re­mains doubt­ful for the Spurs clash, when Chelsea will at­tempt to record backto-back Premier League wins for the first time this sea­son. A vic­tory in north Lon­don will strengthen Mour­inho’s be­lief his side have turned the cor­ner af­ter a dis­as­trous start to the cam­paign that has left them in 15th po­si­tion.

Their hopes of gain­ing re­venge for the 5-3 de­feat in the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture last sea­son will be en­hanced if they can pre­vent Kane from ex­tend­ing a scor­ing streak that has brought the Tot­ten­ham striker nine goals in his last six club games. And Chelsea man­ager Mour­inho has no doubts a patched up cen­tral-de­fen­sive pair­ing of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma can keep Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Kane quiet if Terry is un­fit. “I have com­plete trust in Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma, which is why in an im­por­tant match for us on Tues­day I left Kurt out af­ter the good per­for­mances he is hav­ing to show Gary that con­fi­dence.

They are ready,” Mour­inho said. “I am not say­ing Papy Djilo­bodji is ready be­cause he did not have chances to play and his is a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion, but Zouma and Cahill are both ready and if John doesn’t play, I go with them. “I don’t know about John. I don’t want to say that it is im­pos­si­ble he plays be­cause maybe he plays and peo­ple will say that I was hid­ing it and I am not hid­ing. “To­day he didn’t train but we have a lit­tle hope that it is pos­si­ble. “Ramires is the same sit­u­a­tion as John, I don’t know, let’s wait and see. He has a chance.”

Un­fair

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s Tot­ten­ham are un­beaten in the league since their open­ing-day de­feat at Manch­ester United and come into the game on the back of a 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag on Thurs­day. The ef­fects of making a long jour­ney to Azer­bai­jan have caused con­cern for Po­chet­tino, who claims it is un­fair Chelsea could take ad­van­tage of their ex­tra two days rest. But left-back Danny Rose re­mains con­fi­dent Spurs can build on last week­end’s 4-1 vic­tory against West Ham United. “It needs to be the same again from us. Ob­vi­ously Chelsea have had a dif­fi­cult run but that doesn’t make them a bad

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s English striker Harry Kane

team,” Rose said. “They’ve got a world-class squad, a world-class man­ager and it’s a derby, so form goes out of the win­dow. “It’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game but we just hope that we can per­form and give the same en­ergy and com­mit­ment as we did against West Ham. If we do that, it will be a dif­fi­cult game for them. “From our side, we’ve got a great sense of be­lief in­side the chang­ing room and in­side the club, so as long as we keep do­ing what the head coach asks then we know we’ll be in for an ex­cit­ing sea­son.”—AFP

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