Harry Kane's Success Has Made It Tough For Vincent Janssen - Mauricio Pochettino

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14 - Spurs are undefeated in 14 home league games this season.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that his side can cope with the loss of Harry Kane to an ankle injury.

He will miss Sunday's Premier League clash with Southampton and it was also thought he would miss the following ones against Burnley, Swansea, Watford and Bournemouth.

"He is a very experienced goalkeeper, and the way he has been working since day one when he arrived here, and how much he has helped Hugo to be one of the best keepers in the world, he deserves the trust and the confidence to play at Wembley".

"I only express the feeling and the way that we are doing on the training ground".

"It's easy to say we need better players on the bench behind Harry Kane, but it's complicated for offensive players who are behind Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez or [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic at big teams", Pochettino explained.

With Tottenham ten points behind leaders Chelsea, the run of favourable fixtures offers a good opportunity to pick up points and close the gap - but Spurs may struggle without key striker Kane, who has netted 19 times in 22 league appearances.

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"It's the same period that we had at the beginning of the season".

Spurs face a similarly uphill task, with Antonio Conte's Blues moving 10 points clear in the race to lift the Premier League.

"We hope that he will be back as soon as possible. That was hard because we lost Harry Kane for seven or eight weeks and I remember that one of the best performances was without Harry Kane against Manchester City at home, 2-0", Pochettino pointed out.

The deployment of those two as strikers, would allow Pochettino to play Christian Eriksen in his preferred role just underneath the strikers. It won't be an excuse if we don't win games or achieve our aims because Kane isn't in the team'.

"If you see different players that arrived this season in the Premier League, there's a lot of examples".

"We are not anxious, we are in good condition." the Argentine, whose second-placed side host his former club Southampton on Sunday, told reporters on Friday. It was Ronald Koeman's men then that beat us 2-1 in the penultimate game of our season with two Steven Davis goals which led to Saints making their highest finish in 6th-place.

"We need to assess it day by day", he said.

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