Burnley: Harry Kane insists Tottenham are still in the Premier League title race despite suffering a major setback in their defeat at Burnley.
After winning all four league games while Kane recovered from an ankle ligament injury sustained in the January home defeat to Manchester United, Tottenham capitulated at Turf Moor Saturday, falling 2-1 to Ashley Barnes’ late strike after England forward Kane marked his comeback with the away side’s equaliser.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino effectively conceded his third placed team were out of the race after the loss, which leaves Spurs six points behind leaders Liverpool, but Kane refuses to write off his side’s chances.
“That would be their opinion. It’s been like that for the whole season,” Kane said. “People have been talking us not being in it, then we would win a few games and we’re there.”
“People will probably say now it’s a two-horse race, but that’s not our problem. All we can do is take care of ourselves. It’s a shame because when we needed to find another level, another gear, we didn’t have it in the locker. Unfortunately that was the case,” he added.
Spurs are at the start of a period that sees them play league derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.
Kane and his team-mates have made a habit all season of bouncing back from disappointments — such as the week in January when, without Kane, they exited both domestic cup competitions in the same week.
“We’ve done it before and that shows the character of the squad, but it would have been nice if we had won this game and built from that,” Kane said.
“We don’t always want to be having to react from a poor result. But we will dust it off. We have three massive games to get up for. The motivation is there,” he insisted.