September 26, 2019 / 4:55 AM / 2 months ago

No excuses - Kane calls on Spurs players to raise standards

(Reuters) - Inexperience cannot be an excuse anymore for Tottenham Hotspur’s players who must take responsibility to overcome a disappointing start to the season, striker Harry Kane said.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - September 21, 2019 Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane reacts after conceding their second goal scored by Leicester City's James Maddison REUTERS/David Klein

Tottenham, runners-up to Liverpool in the Champions League last season, crashed out of the League Cup after a 4-3 shootout defeat by League Two (fourth-tier) Colchester United.

It followed a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Leicester City on Saturday that left Tottenham with two victories from six league games, and last week’s 2-2 draw against Olympiakos Piraeus in their opening Champions League match in Athens.

“We’re not inexperienced any more, we’re not young any more, the excuses aren’t there for us anymore. It’s down to us players to take responsibility,” Kane told Sky Sports ahead of Spurs’ league clash with Southampton on Saturday.

“I’d say it’s been disappointing. I don’t think there’s any hiding behind that. To only win two games...isn’t the standards that we’ve set in previous years.

“We’ve put ourselves in good positions this season. We just haven’t managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.”

Tottenham sits 10 points behind early pace-setters Liverpool, but Kane refused to rule the north London side out of the race for the league title.

“If this was January or February people would be saying there’s no chance of us winning it...it’s not the ideal start, but stranger things have happened,” he added.

“Obviously the two draws at Manchester City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.

“There are plenty of games to turn that around, starting with the game on Saturday.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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