Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kane: We Need to Toughen Up for Shot at Title Next Season; Kane Urges Spurs Team-Mates to Toughen Up for Another Title Tilt

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kane: We Need to Toughen Up for Shot at Title Next Season; Kane Urges Spurs Team-Mates to Toughen Up for Another Title Tilt

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

HARRY KANE has urged Tottenham to toughen up for next season after they finished behind Arsenal yet again.

Spurs ended the campaign a point behind their north London rivals after they were crushed 5-1 at relegated Newcastle -- the worst defeat in Mauricio Pochettino's two years as manager. It is 21 years since they concluded the campaign above the Gunners.

Kane's 25 goals made him the Premier League's top scorer but the forward was in no mood to celebrate. He admitted that when Spurs exited the race for the title after their 2-2 draw at Chelsea on May 2, they had lacked the mental strength to secure second place.

Kane said: "Probably when we didn't have a chance of winning the league, the mentality wasn't there. It leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouths over the summer.

"The performance at Newcastle was one of the worst I've ever been involved in it and all we can do is apologise to the fans. To concede three goals after they had gone down to 10 men was unacceptable.

"We know how much finishing above Arsenal means to the fans and the club. When people think they've had a bad season and we've had a good one, and yet they still finish above us, it hurts.

"We needed to finish the season strongly and two points from the last four games is unacceptable considering how we played during the rest of the season.

"It probably started from the 1-1 Continued on Page 66 Continued from Back Page draw with West Brom last month. It's hard to put your finger on why. Days like Newcastle show there is still a lot more work to be done.

"We haven't cracked it yet. We're still learning, we've still got to work hard, we've still got to improve."

Spurs needed only a draw to ensure they would finish second behind champions Leicester but they performed very poorly and were 2-0 down at half-time yesterday, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic on target for the home side. …

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