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Harry Kane adamant Spurs can win title and warns Liverpool they won’t dominate

Having dismissed his penalty controversy much like he leaves defenders in his wake, Harry Kane ’s attention turned to Tottenham’s title credentials.

And, this time, there was no shrugging aside the sudden hype surrounding Jose Mourinho’s men. No way.

After defusing accusations of cheating to win a spot-kick against Brighton last Sunday, calmly declaring it a ’50-50’ win-some-lose-some incident, he positively embraced talk that Spurs can launch a bid for league glory THIS season.

Tottenham were second coming into the weekend – and with a trip to struggling West Brom today – most expect them to be there still, snapping at Liverpool's heels, heading into the international break.

Certainly, Kane, with an astonishing six goals and eight assists in seven league games to date, is as optimistic as he has been for some time that something tasty is brewing in N17 right now.

The England captain, 27, said: “When you look at the ability of our squad, you would definitely say that we’ve got enough to win a title.

“But I’d also say that we’ve been close over the last four, five years and haven’t quite got over the line. So, it’s not as easy as just having a good squad – and winning a few games -to challenge for title.

“But this is a season where I don’t think one team’s going to run away with it – like Liverpool last year.

“There’s going to be opportunities for other teams to put good runs together and get right up the table.

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t get carried away either. We know we’ve been playing well – and the last two games have been good for confidence, to grind out results and get ugly wins. That’s what we’re going to need.

“There have still been points dropped from winning positions. But so far so good. If we can win on the weekend, we’ll be around the top of the table going into that international break. We’d have taken that before the start of the season.”

Much of Kane’s confidence stems from knowing he is no one-man team in N17.

There is top scorer Son Heung-min banging in goals galore while summer signing Gareth Bale is approaching full fitness.

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Add the managerial acumen of serial winner Mourinho into the mix – and it is clear why Kane senses silverware could be on the horizon.

“It’s never easy for a manager to come in half way through a season and stamp his authority on a team,” said Kane. “Especially with the lockdown as well. It’s been a difficult time.

“But since we’ve come back, we’ve signed some new players. We have a nice, big healthy squad and it allows Jose to stamp his identity on the team.

“It’s great to have the likes of Gareth and Joe Hart, who’ve won the biggest trophies around the world, in the squad, on the pitch and in the dressing room.

“It’s a bonus to have a great team of leaders. That’s what we need to push all the way. We’ve a lot of experience and we tell each other how it is.

“We have a manager who does the same. It’s a long way to go but we’re feeling confident.”

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