Xenia Sports – London
Harry Kane believes he is in the best form of his life after he helped inspire a 2-0 win over Arsenal which sent Tottenham top of the Premier League.
It was an afternoon of landmarks for Kane as he scored his eighth league goal of the season, and the 250th of his career, on the stroke of half-time to become the record goalscorer in north London derbies with 11.
He earlier notched his 10th assist of the campaign by setting up Son Heung-min’s sensational opener as he again showcased his all-round game with a stellar showing against the Gunners.
Much has been made of Kane’s evolution as a player this season and the England captain admits he is riding the crest of a wave.
“I’d probably say it’s the best form I’ve been in in my life, the best start to the season for sure,” Kane said.
“But there’s still a long way to go, I’ve had seasons when we’ve been top for a while but it’s a long hard race to be there at the end.
“We haven’t quite done it over the last few years but we’re just taking each game as it comes. Results like we’ve got against Arsenal and obviously City a couple of weeks ago will only help us, so we’ve just got to keep it going.”
Spurs have taken seven points from three games against Manchester City, Chelsea and the Gunners and, despite the narrative that Jose Mourinho is trying to push, they are very much title contenders this season.
Kane is taking a similar approach to his manager ahead of a tough trip to Crystal Palace and a juicy encounter at Liverpool.
“There’s still a long way to go, we’re not getting carried away,” he added. “Of course, we have to believe in ourselves and our capabilities but we also know it can turn around pretty quick if you have a few bad results.
“We’ve just got to keep trying to win games. There’s two tough away games coming up – Palace and Liverpool. We’ve just got to keep trying to do what we’re doing and fight for it.
“There’s pressure in every game you play. Whether you’re playing the top six in a massive game or you’re playing one of the lower teams fighting relegation and you’re expected to win.
“In the Premier League now every game is a tough game. We’ve played City, Chelsea, Arsenal and done well but we’ve got Palace away, Liverpool away. Leicester, Leeds, Wolves…every game is a tough game, so we can’t get too carried away.”
There were 2,000 Spurs fans able to enjoy the derby victory over Arsenal as supporters were allowed in for the first time since March.
“It was a great night, great to have supporters back, it made a real difference. Just to see their faces, hear their voices in the great was fantastic.
“We obviously went to send them home happy and we did that.”