Tottenham’s faint hopes of winning the Premier League title appear to have been extinguished after they suffered their second defeat in the space of four days away to Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side desperately needed to bounce back from their unexpected 2-1 defeat against Burnley last weekend but were unable to do so at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues, who played 120 minutes and a penalty shoot-out against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, registered a 2-0 victory thanks to a Pedro goal and a Kieran Tripper own goal.
Asked what was missing from his team’s performance, Pochettino said in his post-match press conference, per Football.London: “Points. Shots. We didn't shoot, and we were not consistent enough. It was an even game, but we didn't create too much, but them also. They only had one shot on target.
“The other shot on target was the own goal. I think it wasn't a great game. I was disappointed because it was another defeat, but we need to be sure we are ready for Saturday, and another tough London derby against Arsenal. It's going to be tough.”
Indeed, a north London derby against an Arsenal side who recorded a 5-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night is possibly the last thing Spurs need right now.
And it’s possible they’ll be without Harry Kane for Saturday’s fixture, according to The Sun, after he appeared to ‘headbutt’ Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Kane was not punished for the incident at the time, but if referee Andre Marriner reports that he missed the first-half incident then the FA may decide to take retrospective action.
Watch the incident here…
It’s hard to tell whether Kane actually made contact with the Spanish defender there, although he was still taking a huge risk by lunging his head in.
Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has told The Sun that Kane was lucky to still be on the pitch following the incident.
“Harry Kane was a lucky boy not to be sent off,” he said.
“The Tottenham striker clearly moved his head into Cesar Azpilicueta’s face and pictures show that he made contact with the Spaniard. And Kane could now face a three-match ban for violent conduct.
“A three-man Football Association panel will look at the incident and decide whether the England captain should be charged retrospectively.
“I have seen Andre Marriner referee a lot better. He failed to recognise some unfair challenges.He tried to let the game flow but as a referee you have got to pick up the fouls.”
Many football fans on social media believe Kane will avoid a ban because he’s currently English football’s golden boy.
However, if the FA do decide to take action, the 25-year-old would miss the upcoming games against Arsenal. Southampton and Liverpool.News Now - Sport News