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We can't let title foes build a head of steam: Kane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Aston Villa 1

At double: Harry Kane hails his decisive impact for Spurs
At double: Harry Kane hails his decisive impact for Spurs

By Jonathan Veal

Harry Kane knows how important it is for Tottenham to keep the early pace with Manchester City and Liverpool if they are to be Premier League title contenders.

Both City and the Reds posted statement victories as the champions hammered West Ham 5-0 and Liverpool romped past Norwich 4-1.

Spurs needed a late Kane brace to ensure they got off to a winning start, beating Aston Villa 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the England captain says the two title favourites cannot be allowed to pull away.

There is an early chance for Mauricio Pochettino's side to climb above City next week when the two meet.

"We kept up for a while last year but they blew ahead after January," Kane said. "We have to we get off to a good start.

"Liverpool set the standard on Friday night and City before us, so it's important that we stay in touch as long as we can.

"We have full belief that we can go all the way but there's a long road ahead."

If Tottenham are going to challenge for the Premier League title then Kane's goals are going to be very important. The 26-year-old was delighted to break his duck at Spurs' new stadium, netting for the first time at four attempts back in N17.

"It's something I've been thinking about for a while," he said. "I missed a few games towards the back end of last year and had the summer to think about what that would be like, so it was nice to do it."

It was the introduction off the bench of Christian Eriksen that changed the game against Villa, who led through John McGinn's goal before Tanguy Ndombele equalised for Spurs.

The Dane's future is up in the air as he will not sign a new contract and could leave the club before the end of the European transfer window on September 2.

"As long as he's training hard and playing as hard as he can, that's all we can ask for. What will be will be but we're happy to have him," said Kane.

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