Harry Kane determined to outscore Mohamed Salah and win Golden Boot

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Kane is still hopeful of overhauling Salah's goal tally.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains confident he can pip Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah to the Premier League‘s Golden Boot.

Kane is bidding to finish the campaign as the division’s top scorer for a third successive season, a feat no player has managed since Thierry Henry did it between 2003 and 2006.

Yet Kane, who has scored 24 times in the league, currently trails Salah by five goals having seen the Egyptian bag five against Watford and Crystal Palace while his nearest rival was out injured last month.

Spurs have six top-flight games remaining, while the Reds only have five, and Kane is convinced he can surpass Salah’s total haul.

“I still believe I can,” the England international said.

“Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go.

“I’ve got to focus on my game. I can’t control what he does.

“Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season.”

Kane’s cause would be helped if he is credited with Tottenham’s winner against Stoke on Saturday, even though the Premier League Match Centre determined Christian Eriksen was the scorer.

Kane is adamant Eriksen’s free-kick grazed his shoulder before the ball went past Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland and Spurs could decide to appeal against the decision to award their Danish midfielder with the goal.

“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball, but there’s nothing I can do,” Kane argued.

Kane is adamant that he got the final touch for Eriksen's goal.

Kane is adamant that he got the final touch for Eriksen’s goal.

“If they (the Premier League) turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word.

“It is what it is – the most important thing is that we won the game.”

It had been feared Kane would still be sidelined at this point in the season due to an ankle injury he sustained against Bournemouth on March 11, but the 24-year-old only ended up missing an FA Cup victory over Swansea.

He completed his first 90 minutes since then at the weekend and is confident his enforced mini-break will stand him in good stead for this summer’s World Cup.

“It was good to get the minutes last week (against Chelsea) and the 90 minutes on Saturday,” Kane added.

“It’s all positive. The ankle feels fine. We’ve got a week now to train and I’ll get stronger and stronger.

“It happened similar last year and I came back strong and that’s what I’m aiming to do this summer and take that into the World Cup.

“I feel good at the moment and it’s important I stay fit and healthy and help the team.”

Time is running out for Stoke to preserve their Premier League status as they remain four points adrift of safety with only five matches remaining.

Having recently played Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal, their boss Paul Lambert believes they need three victories from a run-in that features encounters with West Ham, Burnley, Liverpool, Palace and Swansea.

“Of course we still believe we can stay up,” said defender Bruno Martins Indi.

“We have to keep going, keep fighting and keep believing.”

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Man City's system may be flawed, says Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola admits his system could be flawed after seeing Manchester City ripped open by Manchester United and Liverpool in the past week.

The runaway Premier League leaders conceded three times in 16 minutes on Saturday as they surrendered a 2-0 lead and lost the Manchester derby 3-2, missing their first opportunity to wrap up the title.

That came just three days after Liverpool struck three times in a 19-minute first-half salvo at Anfield last Wednesday to leave City facing Champions League elimination.

City also allowed in three in the space of nine second-half minutes when they lost 4-3 at Liverpool in the Premier League in January.

“I came here to try to do what we’ve done all season, but maybe it’s not enough to win at Champions League level or the Premier League,” said Guardiola after Saturday’s game.

“If that’s so I will have to recognise that I’m not good enough or the way we want to play (means we are) not able to do that – but I don’t think so because of what we’ve done this season.”

Guardiola concedes losing control in such a manner is not a new problem for him. He particularly remembers how his Bayern Munich side allowed Barcelona to score three times late in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in 2015.

However, the Spaniard remains committed to fluid, attacking football.

He said: “I thought many times about that. I’ve dropped a lot of Champions League games in the space of 10 or 15 minutes. I’ve thought about that many times.

“Barcelona – 77 minutes 0-0, 90 minutes 3-0. It happened many times. Maybe it’s my fault. I have to think about it.

“But I feel that when you dominate and create chances you are closer to winning games and I think this season has shown that.

“The numbers we have done in terms of goals – not just goals, the chances we concede – are the best.

“But it’s impossible when the opponents arrive four times and score three goals – there is no system that can sustain that, so it’s so complicated.”

Guardiola accepts the mental scars of Saturday’s derby capitulation could weigh heavily as they seek to overturn the odds against Liverpool.

Their title charge is hardly damaged, with six games still remaining, but the manner of the loss was a shattering blow and denied them any momentum ahead of Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg.

City need a repeat of Saturday’s exhilarating first-half display as they seek to overturn a 3-0 aggregate deficit, but they must avoid the costly errors that saw their neighbours hit back.

And Guardiola admits memories of that second half could play on the mind.

“Yes, it can happen,” Guardiola said. “It’s difficult in itself, and it’s difficult for our mood not winning.

“I like to watch my team, the way we play this season and the way we played in the first half – but when you play against Liverpool or in Europe, when you have that momentum, you have to close the door. And we didn’t close it (against United).”

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Chelsea settle for 1-1 draw after West Ham's Javier Hernandez leaves top-four bid in tatters

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Antonio Conte slammed his misfiring Chelsea stars as their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a potentially fatal blow in a 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday.

Conte’s side went ahead through Cesar Azpilicueta‘s first-half strike at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea missed a host of chances to increase their advantage and were made to pay when Javier Hernandez came off the bench to snatch the leveller with 17 minutes left.

With fifth-placed Chelsea lagging 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only six games remaining, this frustrating result should end their challenge to qualify for the Champions League.

Chelsea were booed off at full-time and, asked if they could still make the top four, Conte said: “I don’t know. We will try to do our best. I don’t know what we can change.”

Turning his anger on Chelsea’s wasteful finishing, Conte said: “We must be frustrated. We are in this position because we have wasted good chances to get three points.

“We are not clinical. It’s a pity because we dominated the game.

“We are talking about a draw and that is incredible. I think with this game we can see our season. We create a lot of chances but we cannot take them.

“When this happens regularly and you stay in this position, it means you have problems. Other teams in the league are more clinical. This is the truth. We have to improve.”

Conte gestures

Antonio Conte marshalling his troops.

West Ham, now six points clear of the relegation zone, were ecstatic to escape with a point despite a largely limp display.

But it was a disappointing conclusion to a miserable week for Chelsea, who were mourning the death of their former star Ray Wilkins.

Wilkins died at the age of 61 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The former England midfielder, who played for Chelsea for six years in the 1970s and had several spells as the club’s assistant coach, was remembered by fans who laid flowers outside the stadium.

Inside, Chelsea and West Ham supporters, usually fierce rivals, united to sing “there’s only one Ray Wilkins” and held aloft a huge flag with his image before holding a minute’s applause.

Respects paid, Chelsea had to focus on finding a way to end a damaging run of only three league wins in 2018.

Eden Hazard’s indifferent form has epitomised Chelsea’s struggles and the Belgian playmaker had gone seven games without a goal.

Temporary reprieve

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Javier Hernandez celebrates West Ham’s equaliser.

Chelsea were in control but when Alvaro Morata found the back of the net from Hazard’s pass, the Spain striker’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Hazard was looking more like his old self and he combined with Cesc Fabregas to prise open the West Ham defence, but Morata’s deft back-flick rolled wide.

Back in the groove, Hazard provided the impetus for another flowing Chelsea move that saw Willian’s shot pushed over by West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart.

It was only a temporary reprieve for West Ham as Conte’s men took a 36th-minute lead from the resulting short corner.

Victor Moses scooped a cross towards Morata and he headed down to Azpilicueta, who controlled before poking a soft shot past Hart for his first goal since October.

Willian was inches away from doubling Chelsea’s lead early in the second half after Hazard’s clever back-heel gave the Brazilian space to shoot just wide.

Morata has endured a difficult first year with Chelsea and his fortunes weren’t improving as he headed over from a corner before having another effort disallowed for offside.

All those near-misses came back to haunt Chelsea in the 73rd minute.

Mark Noble pumped a long ball into the Chelsea area and Blues captain Gary Cahill responded with a mistimed header that dropped for Marko Arnautovic.

A quick pass from Arnautovic found Hernandez and the striker, on for just three minutes, drilled a fine finish past Thibaut Courtois.

Marcos Alonso almost spared Chelsea’s blushes with a thunderous strike, but Hart finished as West Ham’s hero with superb saves to keep out that effort and one from an Olivier Giroud header.

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