Kane tells Hoddle: Spurs want to take advantage of ‘wide open’ season

Tottenham heroes past and present sat down to discuss the club’s chances of making the top four this season when Harry Kane admitted to Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle just why he’s confident Mauricio Pochettino’s young side can book their place in the Champions League for the first time since 2012.

Kane has cemented his place up front for Tottenham since his emergence on the scene last year and his eight Premier League goals for the team this season have played a crucial role in lifting Spurs into their current fifth-placed position in the table – just two points off Arsenal in fourth.

With Tottenham remaining unbeaten in the league since their opening day defeat to Manchester United, the club have demonstrated early on that they can challenge their north London rivals as well as the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City for a place in Europe’s elite competition next term.

And speaking to former Spurs manager and player Hoddle, Kane admitted he believes anything is possible for the squad this season – but insisted the players are only concentrating on the busy Christmas period first.

Speaking in an interview that features in BT Sport’s live coverage of Spurs v Chelsea, he said: ”The season’s wide open for anyone who can put a run together and take it by the scruff of the neck. But the main aim for us this season was to try and get top four. 

”We’re obviously in a good position so far but come the new year, if we’re still up there then we can start thinking about that.”

When then asked if the atmosphere in the Spurs dressing room is good, Kane replied: ”It is, going undefeated like we have done since the first game of the season in the Premier League. We haven’t had many injuries. We don’t fear anyone. We press high up the pitch. 

”We’ve pretty much outrun most teams this season which has been a vital part of our game.”

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    Hugo Lloris: 6

    The Frenchman was a spectator for most of the first-half but provided a safe pair of hands on the occasions he was called into action.

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    Kieran Trippier: 5

    The full back rolled his ankle early on but recovered to produce a solid performance. However, his display was not devoid of errors and he will need to do more to put Walker under pressure.

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    Toby Alderweireld: 6

    The Belgian’s passing was superb. He was rarely troubled by the Qarabag attack but Chelsea will provide a much sterner test of his abilities.

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    Jan Vertonghen: 6

    The central defender was given both freedom and space on the ball, which he gladly took. Operating almost as a midfielder at times, he stroked the ball around well.

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    Ben Davies: 5

    Not the Welshman’s best night. With the onus on him to attack he didn’t produce a display that will have been worthy of dislodging Danny Rose.

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    Eric Dier: 6

    The midfielder’s work was not the most eye-catching but it was valuable nonetheless. His presence in the centre of the park ensured the hosts could not control the midfield battle. Endless energy.

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    Ryan Mason: 5

    Unloaded a couple of dangerous shots from long range but was well below his best. The midfielder will not win his place back in Tottenham’s side on a regular basis if he produces performances like this.

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    Dele Alli: 7

    A bright spark on an uninspiring night, the 19-year-old thrived in the number 10 role and proved to be a constant menace for the Qarabag defence. His presence will be missed against Chelsea.

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    Christian Eriksen: 6

    The Dane had a mound of bodies to break down but eventually did so with a typically excellent delivery from a set piece.

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    Heung-min Son: 6

    The South Korean drifted between the lines and asked plenty of questions of the Azerbaijani backline. He was unlucky to see his effort cannon back off the bar and provided a fine flick in the build-up to Kane’s goal.

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    Harry Kane: 7

    It was a difficult night for the striker, who worked his socks off, but he finally got his reward late on. The 22-year-old’s header was the simplest of finishes but it was no coincidence that he popped up with a pivotal contribution.

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    Tom Carroll: 5

    Introduced for Mason but missed a chance to edge ahead of his compatriot in the pecking order ahead of the Chelsea game.

Despite scoring 21 Premier League goals for Tottenham last term, Kane endured a run of going six top-flight games without a goal at the beginning of this season – which caused some to question whether he could repeat his heroics of last season.

The striker, though, opened his league account in the 4-1 win over Manchester City and has since found his form in front of goal.

Although he received criticism for failing to find the back of the net, Kane admittted he always remained confident in his abilities.

”Last season it was kind of new kid on the block, not a lot of people knew about my game. This season’s totally different. I noticed it from day one, with probably a couple extra defenders getting tight,” he said.

”I’ve always been quite confident in my ability. I knew if I didn’t score for a few games people were going to talk about that and compare to last season. But I always knew I had to keep doing things right and the rewards will come.”

Kane is expected to start when Tottenham host champions Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with Spurs looking for their second London derby win on the bounce while Jose Mourinho’s side will be aiming to keep up their momentum following victories over Norwich City and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

And Kane revealed the Spurs players are fearless coming into the match and hopes the home crowd will spur the team onto a big win over the west London side.

”The confidence is sky high at the moment and we feel we can take on anyone,” he added.

”Chelsea won’t be looking forward to coming to White Hart Lane. We’ve had some great results there, the atmosphere will be electric the fans will be right behind us so it’s about taking the game to them and trying to get the win.”

To see the full interview watch Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea exclusively live on BT Sport 1 from 11.15am on Sunday.

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