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Mauricio Pochettino: Harry Kane amongst the world’s finest forwards

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Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Harry Kane is amongst the finest players in the world right now and, when making comparisons, whether there was a more lethal No9.

Pochettino said that does not consider either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo — winner and runner-up to the FIFA Best player awards — to be pure centre-forwards.

“Harry is world-class,” Pochettino said. “Of course, Messi and Cristiano are different. Today — one striker in the world, a specific position — who is better than Harry?”

“It’s difficult to say he’s the best but he’s shown to everyone he’s one of the best. Both of his records are massive — to break the Premier League record set by Alan Shearer and then, if you see that over the last seven, eight or nine years, it’s always Messi and Cristiano and now, it’s Harry as well.”

While acknowledging another great milestone for Kane, Pochettino believed that the Englishman’s challenge now was to maintain his level and reproduce these numbers over a period of years.

“Becoming better may be a very small step of improvement but when you are at this level, you need to fight with all your determination to keep at this level,” the Argentinian added.

As for Kane, the player himself promised to take his team-mates for dinner to thank them for helping him to his latest landmarks.

“It was hard not to think about the records today and I’m very proud of them,” he said. “Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for so long and they’re two of the greatest players ever so it’s an honour to even be compared to them.

“I’ll keep working harder. It’s about finding little per cents to get better and doing things on the training ground to make you better. How have I improved this year? I’d say physically, recovery from games, eating right and looking after my body. We have such a busy schedule but I feel sharp and I feel at my best. I’m getting more experience.”

Tottenham closing in on first signing of the transfer window

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Tottenham are currently on the verge of completing their first deal of this summer transfer window, with Ajax centre-half Davinson Sanchez set to join the London Club for a club record fee of up to £42m.

Spurs, who saw the departure of Federico Fazio to Roma and Kyle Walker to Premier League rivals Manchester City, had remarkably lacked any links or made no approach to sign new players into their fold — a fact lamented by club coach Mauricio Pochettino.

However, Pochettino has made known his interest in signing 21-year old Sanchez, after an impressive debut season in European football alongside Ajax where the Dutch side reached the Europa League final.

Tottenham officials had already travelled to Amsterdam earlier in the week in an attempt to negotiate a deal, with the Dutch side initially adamant that they would not sell for less than €50m.

It was reported that their first bid, worth an initial £25m, was rejected but a new offer that will see Spurs pay £28m up front with up to £14m in performance-related bonuses has been agreed in principle.

Tottenham will also have a boost in that Sanchez has already indicated his desire to move to north London despite interest from Chelsea, making it expected that he will sign a five-year contract with Pochettino’s side.

Meanwhile, Tottenham and Pochettino retain their interest in the Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh but have yet to negotiate a fee for the Spain youth international, as well as in the Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, although Spurs are unwilling to pay his £30m asking price.

Man United defeats Chelsea to reopen title race

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Manchester United has reopened the Premier League title race with a well-orchestrated 2-0 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Second-placed Tottenham now trails their London rivals by four points with six games to go and a stronger goal difference.

United has lost twice away against the Blues this season, first losing 4-0 in the league and then going out of the FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

But Manchester United began the game on the front foot and easily got a lead as team irregular Marcus Rashford made a clinical finish just after seven minutes.

Ander Herrera, who did a brilliant man-marking job on Eden Hazard throughout the game, made the perfectly weighted pass to Rashford on the break for the opening. The Spaniard subsequently added to United’s tally by firing it in from 20 yards four minutes after half-time, with the ball taking a deflection of N’Golo Kante and wrong-footing Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic before soaring into the net.

The result slumped Chelsea to two defeats in their past four games while Spurs continue as potential title contenders with seven consecutive league wins under their belt.

Blues coach Antonio Conte said he was the one responsible for the defeat as he had failed to get his team motivated ahead of the United game.

“We didn’t play a good game and United deserved to win the game,” Conte said. “They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation.”

“In this case the fault is of the coach. It means the coach was not able to transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this game. I have concern because we have to work together and find quickly the right ambition to win this title.”

“Tottenham is in good form and playing with enthusiasm, we must find the same.”

Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s defeat makes title race interesting

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Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said that his team’s surprise home defeat to Crystal Palace was a clear indicator that the Premier League title race is interesting again and far from over.

Chelsea held a commanding 10-point advantage on top of the Premier League against title rivals Tottenham Hotspurs before their 2-1 defeat by Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The leaders were also on a club-record 13-match winning streak at home, but it all ended thanks to a team fighting against relegation for months, with Spur’s victory at Burnley trimming Chelsea’s advantage at the top to seven points.

“For (the media) it’s a good result, because it makes this more interesting in the championship,” Conte said.

“But I always said the league finishes when you have the mathematical certainty that you won. Otherwise you must play every game to try to win because, I repeat, in England easy games do not exist. In every game here, anything can happen because the league is so strong.”

“We faced a team with strong players, very good players, and they showed they are a good team.

“But we have to think about the next game. If we had won we would have been happy, but now we must focus on Manchester City. We all know the strength of their team.”

“So we must recover and rest, and remember that in England there are no easy games. You could see that today against Crystal Palace. Every game will be very tough from now until the end. Also, if the team is Manchester City or a side fighting in the relegation zone.”

Chelsea hosts Manchester City on Wednesday with Conte now needing an immediate response from his players. Their lead on top of the table, while still imposing, could be further reduced if Tottenham wins at Swansea on the same day.