Harry Kane sends warning to Tottenham ahead of Arsenal clash
Harry Kane says Tottenham Hotspur must respond fast to close the gap on Liverpool FC and Manchester City ahead of Sunday's derby at Arsenal
Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur need to respond quickly to avoid losing more ground on Liverpool FC and Manchester City when Spurs make the trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
Tottenham suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to lose ground on their title rivals last weekend.
Spurs have only managed to win one of their Premier League games so far following a 2-2 draw with defending champions Manchester City earlier this month.
Tottenham were talked up as potential title challengers this season but Spurs have some serious improvements to make if they want to overhaul the frontrunners.
The Lilywhites haven’t beaten Arsenal at The Emirates since 2010 to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s side facing more potential dropped points this weekend.
However, Kane is hoping to see a response from Tottenham in the north London derby at Arsenal on Sunday.
“Yes hopefully [we can make the ground up], but it is still going to take a lot of hard work,” Kane told the Evening Standard.
“As you’re seeing from Manchester City and Liverpool there is no letting up from them. I said before the start of the season that if we could put a run together, get that momentum, maybe winning for two-three months on the spin without dropping any points, then that’s what it’s going to take.
“It’s a disappointing start but there is a long way to go.
“I said as much (that Spurs couldn’t fall behind early) after the first weekend of the season. Liverpool won on the Friday night and then Manchester City won early on the Saturday.
“They set the standard with those results and I knew we had to keep up with them, make sure we win especially at home.
“It is disappointing that we haven’t done that in only our second game. But there is still a long way to go, there are a lot of big games ahead of us.
“It just means we are going to have to pick up points in the big games, the tough games and try to improve on what we did against Newcastle.
“You never want to go into an international break (which follows the Arsenal match) having lost or drawn.
“Of course a north London derby is as big as it gets. If we win that it makes the first four games a bit brighter. It won’t be easy, but we have to make sure we are prepared and ready for that one.”
Arsenal lost 3-1 to Liverpool FC in their last Premier League outing following goals from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah at Anfield.
Tottenham finished in fourth place in the Premier League table to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth successive season under Pochettino.
Spurs are Champions League runners-up like Arsenal following their 2-0 defeat by Liverpool FC in the Madrid showpiece back in June.