Harry Kane urges teammates to bounce back with derby win
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been issuing a rallying cry to his teammates, urging them to bounce back from a shocking defeat to West Ham at Upton Park to snatch what would be a priceless win against arch rivals Arsenal.
Spurs missed a golden opportunity to claim the league summit in March for the first time since the 60’s after suffering a 1-0 defeat in midweek, but Kane when speaking to the Evening Standard about the Arsenal game, said it’s the biggest in decades, and also represents the great chance for Tottenham to get their title bid right back on track.
“It’s tough but we’re probably one of the fittest teams in the League so if anyone can cope with it, we can. We’re a fit squad and we’ve got plenty of energy.” Kane said when asked about the tough run of games his side is up against.”
If it was a major surprise when Harry Kane headed Tottenham’s winner against Arsenal last year, it would be no shock if the same thing happens once again this weekend. White Hart Lane has been somehow transformed into a place where a special bond between players, manager and supporters resulted in an electrifying atmosphere.
“We can definitely beat Arsenal. We feel we can beat any team in the League so we just have to put in a better performance than the one against West Ham. We’re confident.
While not in a mood to linger for too long on their first away defeat in the league since the opening day of the season, Kane also admitted it was an all-around bad day and he thinks Spurs ‘never got going’, and promised to put things right against Arsenal.
“It was a disappointing result but a disappointing performance as well. We never got going, we gave away too many cheap balls and we paid the price. We’ll try to put it behind us as soon as possible as there is another big game on Saturday.”
The result could decide who wins the title, with Tottenham having a golden opportunity to move six points clear of their North London neighbours and close the gap on current leaders Leicester City, but an Arsenal win would force them to claw back on level points.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be pondering on several changes to the first eleven which lost at Upton Park in midweek.
Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies could be replaced by Kyle Walker and Danny Rose in the full-back positions.
Dele Alli only came up as a substitute on Wednesday but it is expected the teenager will make the start in his third north London derby. Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele has to undergo a late fitness test with Ryan Mason expected to drop to the bench if the Belgian passes the fitness test.
Nacer Chadli could be dropped following a lacklustre performance against the Hammers while Heung-min Son is hoping for a start.
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