Tottenham have managed to fight back from 1-0 down to defeat Aston Villa 3-1 in their first Premier League match of the season on Saturday, and star striker Harry Kane was very encouraged by that start. Last season Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League and lost the UEFA Champions League final to Liverpool. Before that, they collected two third places in the Premier League in 2016 and 2018 and a runners-up spot in 2017.
"We kept with them for a while last year but they blew ahead after January," Kane said, referring to top title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City. "We have to make sure we get off to a good start. Liverpool set the standard on Friday night and City on Saturday afternoon, so it's important that we stay in touch as long as we can. We have full belief that we can go all the way but there's a long road ahead. That's why we buy players: to strengthen the squad and have more competition for places. That's what we've got. We've got a good, hungry squad. Everyone's fit and ready to go. The players that came on have to try to make an impact and they did. It's important for us if we're going to have a good season. Of course, it's just the start now but throughout the winter time when loads of games are popping up we need everyone to contribute as much as possible."
The Spurs didn't have as good a start as Man City and Liverpool, though, they were trailing 1-0 at half-time against Aston Villa and fought back in the second half with the help of substitute midfielder Christian Eriksen. The Danish playmaker was linked with a move to Manchester United this summer but now he looks set to remain with the Spurs, even though he could still move to Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid as the Spanish transfer window is still open.
"Obviously I've been playing with Chris now for five or six years and we all know the qualities he has: the assists, the passes, the goals," Kane said about Eriksen. "Whether he starts or is on the bench, the most important thing from all of our points of view is that he gives everything for the team. Obviously, there's been speculation about his future but as long as he's training hard and playing as hard as he can when he's here, that's all we can ask for. What will be will be but we're happy to have him. That's all the fans ask for as well: commitment. We're happy to have them. We'll see what happens but from our point of view we've got a strong squad and we'll use that throughout the season."
Tottenham are now 16/1 at William Hill to win the Premier League title this season.
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Dzile10 08/12/19, 09:08:49 AM
We will enjoy an interesting season in EPL, few teams can win the title. Liverpool, City and Spurs are all great teams, but if Eriksen leaves them it will be very...
We will enjoy an interesting season in EPL, few teams can win the title. Liverpool, City and Spurs are all great teams, but if Eriksen leaves them it will be very hard for Tottenham.Show more