‘You have to adapt’ – Kane admits Spurs wanted to play better in second half against Arsenal

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Kane has admitted that Tottenham wanted to play better when they had the ball in the second half against Arsenal on Sunday but insisted that it was about adapting and ensuring that they did not concede.

Spurs went into the half-time interval with a two-goal cushion courtesy of two brilliant efforts from Kane and Son Heung-min.

Jose Mourinho’s men decided to defend deep in the second half and allowed the away side to dominate possession but Mikel Arteta’s side failed to break them down.

Tottenham came in for some criticism for their negative approach in the second half but Kane pointed out that Arsenal hardly created any chances following the break.

The striker told Sky Sports (as relayed by Football.London): “We play well on the counter-attack, we’ve got fast players. We’ve been clinical when we’ve got our chances,” said Kane.

“I think the second half we wanted to play better, we wanted to play better on the ball but sometimes games, situations you have to adapt and Arsenal pressed well. They won the ball back in our half and we couldn’t quite get out, but we defended well.

“I can’t remember them creating too many chances, but that’s what you’ve got to do. Sometimes you just have to defend and sit deep and soak up the pressure.”

Kane admitted that he is in the best form of his life but he reiterated the importance of the team continuing their impressive run of form.

The 27-year-old said: “I’d probably say it’s the best form I’ve been in in my life, the best start to the season for sure.

“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.”

The win on Sunday took Tottenham back to the top of the table but Kane admitted that it was too early in the season to be thinking about a potential title tilt.

The England captain added: “There’s still a long way to go, we’re not getting carried away. 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.”

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