Harry Kane says his Tottenham teammates “have the belief” that they can mount a serious Premier League title challenge this season.
Spurs kept pace with Manchester City and Liverpool for long stretches of last season before falling away in the final quarter of the campaign.
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- Spurs kept pace with the top two for long portions of last season.
- But they ultimately fell away toward the end of the season and finished fourth.
- Pochettino’s side did manage to reach a first-ever Champions League final.
- And Kane says there is a belief among the squad they can challenge this time.
- Spurs face defending champions Man City in their next game.
That can, in part, be put down to their run all the way to the Champions League final taking a toll on their very small squad, but Spurs strengthened in the summer with the signings of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.
And, speaking after Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa in their Premier League opener, Kane insisted he and his teammates are ready for a more serious challenge this time around.
“We kept up with them for a while last year but they blew ahead after January,” Kane said. “We have to make sure we get off to a good start.
“Liverpool set the standard on Friday night and City before us, so it’s important that we stay in touch as long as we can.
“We have full belief that we can go all the way but there’s a long road ahead and we’ve got to be fully focused.”
Kane finally got himself off the mark at Spurs’ new stadium with a brace against Villa on Saturday, something the England international admitted he was glad to finally get off his back.
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“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” he said. “I missed a few games towards the back end of last year and had the summer to think about what that would be like, so it was nice to do it and help the team to get a victory.
“I had four weeks off, the most I’ve had off in a few years now. I’ve had a good pre-season, been here from the start, worked with the team and everyone’s feeling good.
“We’ve still got work to do, I’ve still got work to do in terms of fitness and things like that, but playing games will only help.
“I feel in a good place and hopefully I can continue doing what we’ve done.”
Following their opening win against Villa, Mauricio Pochettino’s men face a tough trip to defending champions Man City on Saturday.