Harry Kane admits the fight for the Premier League title is the toughest he can remember – despite Chelsea’s incredible winning streak.
The Spurs striker will bid to end the Blues’ 12-game winning striker next Wednesday night when Antonio Conte’s men travel to White Hart Lane for a widely-anticipated showdown.
But with Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs all firmly in contention- and set to strengthen when the window reopens – Kane believes the race remains wide open.
The England marksman said: “There are six strong teams in the running for it.
“We are up there, in the mix and all we can do is winning games and see where it takes us.
“We are on a good little run at the moment and hopefully it continues on the weekend and push on in the new year.”
After a run of just one win in ten in all competitions between mid-October and the end of November, Spurs have won five of their last six and sit just a point off the top four.
They still remain ten points off leaders Chelsea but Kane believes a ten-day break – between their win over Burnley on December 18 and Wednesday night’s 4-1 win at Southampton – will have helped to recharge their batteries ahead of a tough second half of the season.
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Kane added: “I think it was good thing. We obviously don’t normally get that break over Christmas.
“We used it to our advantage and now we have had ten days off ahead of a few games in quick succession.
“Maybe we can use that to help us. We feel fresh and we have a fit squad anyway.”
While Chelsea were impressive 3-0 winners at home to Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Spurs showed against Southampton that they do not rely only on Harry Kane for their goals.
Dele Alli struck twice and Son Heung Min regained his scoring touch to see off the Saints.
Kane went on: “It is a great boost and generates confidence within a squad when there is not just one or two players scoring goals but the whole team is contributing.
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“That is what we have at the moment. Chelsea have a good squad themselves and if one or two players are not there I am sure they will still pick up results.
“There is a long way to go. We are not even half way through the season yet. We have to stay focused and performances like the one against Southampton will give us confidence for Watford and Chelsea coming up.”
Jan Vertonghen has escaped an FA charge over his clash with Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez.
The Spurs defender is already suspended for Sunday’s trip to Watford after picking up a fifth yellow card on Wednesday night.
But he had faced the prospect of a longer ban after TV pictures appeared to show him scratching Rodriguez in the face during Tottenham’s 4-1 win.
The incident was missed by referee Mike Dean but referred by the FA to a three-man independent panel.
That panel failed to agree that the clash constituted a sending-off offence and Vertonghen was cleared. It means he will be available for next Wednesday night’s crucial game at home to Chelsea.