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Harry Kane: Manchester City's title push not down to money

Harry Kane: Manchester City's title push not down to money
From ESPN - January 9, 2018

Harry Kane says Manchester City's procession to the Premier League title is not down to money, the Tottenham talisman told ESPN Brasil, and added that Spurs will be stronger next season in their new stadium.

Unbeaten City lead second-place Manchester United by 15 points after 22 matches, while they are 21 points clear last season's runners-up Spurs.

City, who are backed by the petrodollars of Abu Dhabi, spent 170 million in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge, only to finish third, before splashing a further a 220m last summer.

They have been linked with another big move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez this month but Kane disputed the suggestion that it was increasingly difficult for Spurs to compete with the league leaders.

"I do not think so," he said. "This year, City have deserved it. They have been the best team. But they spent similarly last year and it was us up there fighting with Chelsea [for the league title]. I do not think it's down to the money but it helps from a squad point of view."

And Kane believes Spurs' move from White Hart Lane to Wembley, while their new stadium is being built in time for the start of next season, has disrupted their hopes of mounting a third consecutive title challenge.

"From our point of view, it's been a good season," he said. "We'd have liked to have done better of course but City have run away with it so far. We have to focus on ourselves but we have changed stadium which has had a big impact on everything.

"We ca not get too down about how our season's been so far. We are still in the Champions League and the FA Cup.

"We have just got to focus on that and look forward to next year in the new stadium. It's going to be amazing. The way it's been designed, the atmosphere will be great. The crowd will be right on top of the pitch. Being brand new and creating that atmosphere will make it tough for teams to come and play there."

Kane finished 2017 as the top scorer in elite European football with 56 goals for club and country -- one more than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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