Spurs star Kane: Title race is wide open and Leicester are showing what’s possible
Harry Kane says the Premier League title race is “wide open” and that Leicester City are showing what can be achieved this season.
Kane had a three-month loan spell with the Foxes in 2013 and the Midlands outfit are currently two points clear at the top of the table after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Swansea, while Arsenal were the only other side in the top seven places to win over the weekend.
Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away against West Bromwich Albion meant they slipped three points outside the Champions League spots and six points behind Leicester.
But their next four top-flight opponents – Newcastle, Southampton, Norwich and Watford – are all in the bottom 12 places, and Kane knows the picture can change quickly in a hugely unpredictable season.
“Everyone seems to be beating everyone and the league’s wide open at the moment,” he said. “You couldn’t really call a winner of the league, whereas one team sometimes runs away with it. We know what can be achieved but there’s still a long way to go – we’re only at the start of December.
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“Leicester are a good side and they’ve put a great run together – they’ve got another great result this weekend away from home. They’re up there and they’ll be full of confidence and trying to stay up there for as long as possible.
“We’ve got to try and catch them, and there’s the other teams around us that we’ve got to try and keep off us.
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“We’ve got winnable games coming up so it’s an important month for us. We can definitely push up that league if we get some good results, but it’s a funny season in the Premier League this year so we’ve just got to stay focused, take one game at a time and just try to win the next one.
“We’ve got an important game on Thursday night [against Monaco in the Europa League] to try to finish top of the group and then we’ve got Newcastle at home, which is a must-win for us.”
Tottenham went ahead after 15 minutes on a windy day at The Hawthorns on Saturday as Dele Alli volleyed in from Toby Alderweireld’s long ball – but Albion levelled six minutes before the break through James McClean as Spurs lost a lead for the seventh time this season.
The Lilywhites have only won six of their 15 top-flight fixtures this campaign, but Kane was content to leave with a point as Mauricio Pochettino’s side extended their unbeaten run to 14 Premier League games.
“It was a difficult game in difficult conditions,” he said. “The wind was swirling about, which makes it hard, especially away from home. We try and play our football but we found it tough doing it this time.
“It’s a tough game and we’ve got a point out of it. West Brom isn’t an easy place to come, as other top teams have found out.
“It’s probably a game we might have lost in recent years. It was a physical game but I thought we matched them in that department.
“There were a lot of challenges flying in but it was a battle out there and that’s sometimes what you’ve got to do in football. 9We’re happy with the way we worked and things like that, but we feel we could have probably done a bit better on the ball.”
Alli’s opening strike was his third goal in seven starts for club and country as the 19-year-old continues to enhance his reputation after making the step up from League One this season.
“It was a very well-taken goal,” said Kane. “It was a really great ball by Toby and it seemed to be in the air for ages, so Dele showed his concentration. “He had to wait for it and then he got good contact on it when it came to him. We’re obviously delighted for him. He’s happy to have scored and got a point for us.
“He’s a great player, he’s worked hard to get where he is. He’s come in and done fantastically well for us. But, again, there’s still a long way to go for him.
“He’s got to keep working hard and he can’t get ahead of himself, but I know he won’t. He’ll keep working on the training field to try to get better, and that’s what we want.
“He’s probably going through a whirlwind and everything’s happening so quick he probably hasn’t had a chance to sit back and realise what he’s done.
“He’s playing for England and scoring at Wembley, similarly to what I did last year. But, again, he’s just got to stay focused.
“He’s got good people around him. We’ve got a good squad here, and good management and staff, and I’m sure he’ll keep his feet on the floor. There’s still a long way to go in the season and he wants to keep getting better.”
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