It goes without saying that much will have to go Tottenham’s way in the seven games that remain if they are to do the unthinkable and overhaul Chelsea’s seven-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. Despite missing talisman Harry Kane for four Premier League games following injury in the FA Cup Quarter-Final win over Millwall, Spurs have managed to win all of their fixtures since to stay in touch with the leaders, with Kane having made his comeback from the bench against Watford.
But Kane, who was denied a goal on his return by the woodwork after his long-distance free-kick drive kissed the upright in stoppage time against the Hornets, has spoken out in an interview with the Daily Mirror, and is insistent that Spurs will continue the chase until the very end.
As they did over the weekend before Chelsea reinforced their advantage in Saturday’s late kick-off at Bournemouth, Spurs will have the opportunity to apply pressure on the Blues by once again closing the gap to just four points, when they themselves take on the Cherries on Saturday, before the Blues travel to Old Trafford for their Super Sunday encounter with Manchester United and former boss José Mourinho.
It is Tottenham’s strength-in-depth and the fact that the whole team have been chipping in with goals, which is paramount to keeping them in the reckoning, according to leading marksman Kane.
“I said earlier in the season that if you want to be title contenders, you need two or three players getting double figures”, he said.
“If more than one player can reach 20 goals this season, it will really help the team.”
With and without Kane in the squad, Spurs have had a tendency to share the goals around the team, but Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-Min, in particular, have been vital with their contributions in the few games which Kane has missed.
“When you look at the eight league games I’ve missed this season due to injury, we’ve won five and drawn three”, Kane added.
“So we’re still scoring goals and still winning games, which shows the strength in our squad.”
Even if Spurs miss out on a coveted Premier League title, there is one consolation prize they are very much in the reckoning for, which will salvage a great deal of pride for their supporters, in that they are heavy favourites to finish above bitter rivals Arsenal for the first time since 1995.
Arsenal’s hopes of the top-four were dealt a major blow on Monday night, as the Gunners crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. What will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Gunners supporters, however, is that at the heart of their torment on Monday was former Spurs player Andros Townsend, who helped himself to the opening goal and put in a man-of-the-match performance on the night.
The victory gave Palace a major boost in their efforts to stave off relegation from the Premier League, but the game had a little more personal significance for Townsend as a former Spurs player, who hopes the result gives his former side a big hand in sealing a league finish above their rivals.
“I hope Tottenham finish above Arsenal”, Townsend told the Daily Mirror. “It looked that way last season and then for some reason it did not happen. I hope so.
“I did enjoy scoring. Obviously being a Tottenham boy, to score against Arsenal is an incredible feeling.
“And to help us on the way to a great win. The important thing was the three points. I am just focusing on Crystal Palace and hoping we survive.”
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