Spurs for­ward wants to pile pres­sure on league lead­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport -


HARRY Kane says Tot­ten­ham plan on mak­ing Chelsea squirm this week­end as his ti­tle chasers look to pile pres­sure on the lead­ers with a win against West Ham to­day.

With Chelsea not in ac­tion un­til Mon­day’s clash with Mid­dles­brough, Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s sec­ond placed side can tem­po­rar­ily move within one point of top spot if they beat the Ham­mers at the Lon­don Sta­dium.

Tot­ten­ham know the af­fect the sched­ule can have af­ter they reg­u­larly fol­lowed Le­ices­ter dur­ing last year’s run-in and fi­nally crum­bled to hand the Foxes the ti­tle.

So far, they have coped ad­mirably with the anx­i­ety of hav­ing to play their fixtures af­ter Chelsea, re­spond­ing to vic­to­ries by the lead­ers by beat­ing Crys­tal Palace and Arse­nal in their last two games.

This week­end, Kane and com­pany, win­ners of their last nine league games, go first and the Tot­ten­ham striker is de­ter­mined to seize the chance to turn up the heat on the Blues.

“We just have to try to fin­ish strong. We’ve got another game Fri­day night and it’s good to play first,” Kane said.

“Hope­fully we can drop the gap to one point and then see what hap­pens.

“We know what it’s like from when Le­ices­ter were play­ing last year be­fore us, and even to­day, that it’s good to play first and put the pres­sure on.

“It’ll be a tough game away from home but hope­fully we can get that win, put the pres­sure on and just wait and see.”

Chelsea main­tained their charge with a 3-0 win at Ever­ton on Sun­day be­fore Tot­ten­ham brushed aside Arse­nal with a 2-0 vic­tory.

Kane’s penalty helped seal suc­cess in the last north Lon­don derby to be played at White Hart Lane.

Tot­ten­ham will play at Wem­b­ley next sea­son while their new sta­dium is com­pleted and Kane is cer­tain his emerg­ing young team are des­tined for great things no mat­ter where they call home.

“Ev­ery time we drive in as a squad now you can see how big that stand is get­ting,” Kane said.

“Ev­ery­thing is get­ting built up and it shows the way the club is go­ing.

“We’ve got a fan­tas­tic man­ager, he’s one of the best in the world in my opin­ion, we’ve got a great squad with a real to­geth­er­ness.

“We’re just go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. We can’t get car­ried away, even this sea­son we’ve got four games left to try to win and it’s ex­cit­ing times.”

Tot­ten­ham’s win last week­end means they are guar­an­teed to fin­ish above Arse­nal for the first time since 1995, but Kane is far more con­cerned with land­ing the ti­tle.

“It was an added bonus that in the last game at the Lane we man­aged to fin­ish above Arse­nal,” Kane said.

“It’s great for the fans and great for the club. But we’re think­ing about try­ing to get that ti­tle and we’ll see what hap­pens.”

West Ham would rel­ish spoil­ing Tot­ten­ham’s ti­tle am­bi­tions as they seek to se­cure their place in the top-flight.

There is little love lost be­tween these two Lon­don ri­vals and po­lice will be on high alert to en­sure there is no re­peat of the vi­o­lence that marred sev­eral of West Ham’s first fixtures at their new home.

With his side seven points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, Ham­mers boss Slaven Bilic had de­manded a strong fin­ish to move into mid-ta­ble in their re­main­ing games against Tot­ten­ham, Liver­pool and Burn­ley.

“We need more points, it may be enough,” Bilic said.

“We don’t want to come into the last game of the sea­son with the ra­dio on and keep ask­ing ‘what is the score there?’

“We would love to avoid it. We are not pan­ick­ing but we are not safe.

“There are nine points to play for and we need to pick up more.” AFP said Hull man­ager Marco Silva.

“Al­ways for us it is step by step, game by game. If you ask me about Swansea, I don’t know.”

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