Tottenham’s Harry Kane declares fearless challenge for title is still on as Arsenal await

“The teams around us, the more they lose and the more we win, it’s going to be better for us. Whether it’s Arsenal, Man City or Leicester, we know what we’ve got to do – keep winning games. We’ve got to stay on Leicester’s tail.

“At the start of the season it was just trying to get into the top four. But now that we’re close, it’s taking each game as it comes and seeing what happens.”

Kane is among those Spurs players who will have to raise their game today, having missed several chances against West Ham, a fact Pochettino suggested could be down to him having to wear a mask having broken his nose in the FA Cup defeat against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

“Harry had two or three clear chances to score – sometimes it happens,” said Pochettino. “I have full confidence in him. Sometimes a period arrives that is difficult to score. He is not a machine.

“Then he’s playing with a mask. When you are creative, maybe it’s easier for Nemanja Matic [the Chelsea midfielder who also wore a mask this season] or different players that play behind, but you need to be sharp when you are offensive and creative. Sometimes it can disturb you a little bit. He’s not a machine.”

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