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Sunday 20 August 2017

Kane: Our focus is clear

Harry Kane. Pic: PA
Harry Kane. Pic: PA

Harry Kane and his Tottenham team-mates had just returned to the changing room after thrashing Watford when they began plotting Chelsea's downfall.

Kane admits the talk among the Spurs players at Vicarage Road quickly turned to preventing Chelsea from equalling a record of 14 consecutive wins when the two rivals meet at White Hart Lane tonight.

Victory for Antonio Conte's side would see them become the first team to win 14 English top-flight games in a row within the same season. Arsenal managed 14 successive victories in 2002 but their run stretched over two campaigns, from February to August.

Tottenham trail the league leaders by 10 points in the table and will need no reminding of how Chelsea brought their own title challenge to an end last season, when a bad-tempered 2-2 draw, that included 12 yellow cards and numerous ugly clashes, confirmed Leicester would be crowned Premier League champions.

Kane said: "We definitely don't want to be the team that lets Chelsea break that record.

"Of course, we know that's in our mind, we were just talking about it there in the changing room. We don't want to be that team they break the record against so we're fully focused. It's going to be a great game and we're excited for it."

Tottenham arrive on the crest of a wave themselves, having won six out of their last seven matches and scored 13 in their last four.

Without the distraction of the Champions League and with key players regaining both fitness, such as Toby Alderweireld, and form, like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Spurs have rediscovered their groove.

A win over Chelsea would not only move Mauricio Pochettino's men back into the top four, it would confirm a growing belief that they can launch a title challenge as serious and sustained as last term.

"I think we're a better team now, 100 per cent," Kane said.

Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are available again after serving one-match suspensions while Mousa Dembele is expected to return.

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