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Pochettino backs red-hot Kane to fire Spurs’ title bid

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, center, scores past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles, right, in their Premier League match at White Hart Lane in London on Sunday.

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Mauricio Pochettino has warned Chelsea that Harry Kane’s unquenchable thirst for goals will keep Tottenham Hotspur hot on the leaders’ heels as the title race gathers pace.

Kane struck twice as Pochettino’s side closed the gap on English Premier League leaders Chelsea to seven points with a 3-2 win over Everton at White Hart Lane in London on Sunday.

Having taken his goal tally for the season to 24 in 28 appearances, Kane expressed disappointment he had not managed a fourth hat-trick in his past 10 games. Kane’s ruthless attitude mirrors Pochettino’s own steely desire for success, so it was no surprise to hear the Spurs boss outline his plan for overhauling Chelsea.

“I’m a little disappointed with the way we finished, but we dominated for a long time against a team with very good players,” Pochettino said. “The most important thing is to show on the pitch that we believe. Today we showed that. It’s better than talking about it. We need to be there. It’s not up to us of course, but if we keep going in this way maybe we will achieve our goal in the end if Chelsea fail.”

“It’s true it’s not easy for teams to come here with the way we are playing at the moment,” he said. “We feel very confident. It’s a special moment. The feeling is very good. For us it’s important to keep that for the future.”

With Kane in such unstoppable form, Pochettino has every right to dream of catching Chelsea, who had to win at West Ham United yesterday to restore their 10-point advantage.

Kane’s hot streak underlines why Pochettino ranks him alongside the world’s best strikers and the Argentine gave a revealing insight into the England international’s work ethic.

“He makes a lot of double sessions, he is professional, takes care of himself, and because of that he is fresh,” said Pochettino, whose side have won a club record nine successive home league games. “It is about the consistency of his training. To be fresh you need to work hard everyday. If you just eat and sleep maybe you are like me, you are fat!”

Everton manager Ronald Koeman was frustrated his team made sloppy mistakes and while he conceded Tottenham were worthy winners, he does not believe the north Londoners can pip Chelsea to the Premier League title.

“Overall, Tottenham were the better team. You know if you make the mistakes we did for the second and third goals you won’t get a point,” Koeman said. “This is the third season of Pochettino at Tottenham. You can see a lot of his daily training work in the team. If we get that time at Everton we can do the same. Tottenham is really strong and have a difficult system to play against, bt it will be very difficult because of the distance in points. I think Chelsea is too strong for the rest.”

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