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Harry Kane has expressed his disappointment at Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, suggesting that it will now be incredibly difficult for the club to be major players in the title race, per The Daily Mirror.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated possession against Steve Bruce’s side, registering nearly 80% of possession, per WhoScored.
Kane was at the centre of a major penalty shout in north London, going down under the challenge of the Magpies defender Jamaal Lascelles, though referee Mike Dean opted against pointing to the spot, as did the subsequent VAR review.
Nevertheless, Kane is disappointed with both the performance and the result, as he believes Spurs have to be almost perfect to hope to match both Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race.
He said: “As you’re seeing from Manchester City and Liverpool there is no letting up from them.
“I said before the start of the season that if we could put a run together, get that momentum, maybe winning for two-three months on the spin without dropping any points, then that’s what it’s going to take. It’s a disappointing start but there is a long way to go.
“I said as much after the first weekend of the season. Liverpool won on the Friday night and then Manchester City won early on the Saturday.
“They set the standard with those results and I knew we had to keep up with them, make sure we win, especially at home. It is disappointing that we haven’t done that in only our second home game (losing at home to Newcastle).
“But there is still a long way to go, there are a lot of big games ahead of us. It just means we are going to have to pick up points in the big games, the tough games and try to improve on what we did against Newcastle.”
Kane is naturally going to set his sights high at Spurs, especially having helped the club reach the Champions League final in 2018/19.
But to assume that Spurs can match perhaps the two best teams England has seen is a little bit too optimistic.
Liverpool lost just once last season; City lost four times. By comparison, Spurs tasted defeat 13 times. They finished the season with 71 points, 26 fewer than Liverpool and 27 fewer than Pep Guardiola’s side.
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If Spurs are to have any hope of making that number up, they will have to be almost perfect between now and the season’s end.
The chances are slim at best.