Striker’s hunger for goals will spur Tot­ten­ham, says Po­chet­tino

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

Kane struck twice as Po­chet­tino’s side closed the gap on Premier League lead­ers Chelsea to seven points 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 hadn’t man­aged a fourth hat-trick in his last 10 games.

Kane’s 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.

“I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed with the way we fin­ished, but we dom­i­nated for a long time against a team with very good play­ers,” Po­chet­tino 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.

“It’s true it’s not easy for teams to come here with the way we are play­ing at the mo­ment.

“We feel very confident. It’s a special mo­ment. The feel­ing is very good. For us it’s im­por­tant to keep that for the fu­ture.”

With Kane in such un­stop­pable form, Po­chet­tino has ev­ery right to dream of catch­ing Chelsea, who played at West Ham late yes­ter­day.

Kane’s hot streak un­der­lines why Po­chet­tino ranks him along­side the world’s best strik­ers and the Ar­gen­tine gave a re­veal­ing insight into the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional’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.

“It is about the con­sis­tency of his train­ing. To be fresh you need to work hard ev­ery­day. If you just eat and sleep maybe you are like me, you are fat!

“He had a big chance for a hat­trick. He was a lit­tle bit up­set. When you have the chance to kill the op­po­nent you have to score.”

“He is in a very good level but not only now, if you watch him from when he started to play reg­u­larly in the Premier League, his stats are un­be­liev­able.

“He is a fan­tas­tic as­set to have. He has showed he’s one of the best strik­ers.”

Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man was frus­trated his team made sloppy mis­takes for Kane’s se­cond goal and Dele Alli’s late third.

And while he con­ceded Tot­ten­ham were wor­thy win­ners, he doesn’t be­lieve the north Lon­don­ers will pip Chelsea to the ti­tle.

“Over­all Tot­ten­ham were the bet­ter team. You know if you make the mis­takes we did for the se­cond and third goals you won’t get a point,” he said.

“This is the third sea­son of Po­chet­tino at Tot­ten­ham. You can see a lot of his daily train­ing work in the team. If we get that time at Ever­ton we can do the same.

“Tot­ten­ham are re­ally strong and have a dif­fi­cult sys­tem to play against.

“But it will be very dif­fi­cult be­cause of the distance in points. I think Chelsea are too strong for the rest.”


Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Harry Kane (left) cel­e­brates with Dele Alli af­ter scor­ing against Ever­ton at White Hart Lane on Sun­day.

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