Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has claimed that the team can do ‘something special’ this season after they were made to work hard for a 1-0 win over Burnley on Monday evening.
It was far from Spurs’ best performance of the season, but a late moment of magic from Kane and partner-in-crime Son Heung-min was all it took to fire José Mourinho’s side to another victory.
Spurs, who are now on a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions, have climbed up to fifth in the Premier League table, and Kane confessed to BBC Sport that the whole dressing room is feeling confident about the future.
“We know with the team we have got and the players we have got we can do something special,” he said. “It’s still early on [to talk about a title challenge]. We need to take each game as it comes.
“I know it’s a cliche but we still have a lot to learn and build on but I think nights like this will give us a lot of confidence. These are the games you need three points if you are going to be up there at the end of the season.”
Mourinho was also full of praise for Kane after the game, using his post-match interview to fire a warning to the rest of his squad that they need to try and match his work ethic.
“In the last minute he was pressing and sliding tackles, trying to stop attacks,” Mourinho said. “When you want to win, you do everything for the team. There is no space for individuals or no space for prima donnas, Harry has this spirit and he is fantastic.
“He has done amazing with every coach here. The way the team plays, he is very comfortable because he is good in the box and also magnificent outside the box.”
Kane’s assist for Son’s goal was the ninth time the pair have combined this season and the 29th time in the Premier League – only behind the 36 goals shared by Chelsea legends Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
“It is an understanding that comes from Mauricio [Pochettino]’s time,” said Mourinho. “I don’t want all the credit myself, let’s share with Mauricio. They play together for a long time, probably a different way because Harry is not always a nine now.
“What pleases me more about them both is that they are two top players but close friends, no jealousy, they both play for the team.”
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