Harry Kane tells Tottenham teammates to match Manchester City standards
City became the first side to complete the domestic treble last season and were the first team to retain the Premier League title since 2009.
Thanks to their impressive showing in front of goal, City moved top of the Premier League after the first round of fixtures, on goal difference.
The Citizens finished 28 points ahead of Tottenham last season, but star striker Kane feels the gap will be bridged this season as a result of Spurs’ new signings.
However, the England international believes that will only be possible if they can match City’s exceptionally high standards.
“We kept with them for a while last year but they blew ahead after January,” Kane said. “We have to make sure we get off to a good start. Liverpool set the standard on Friday night and City on Saturday afternoon, so it’s important that we stay in touch as long as we can.
“We have full belief that we can go all the way but there’s a long road ahead. That’s why we buy players: to strengthen the squad and have more competition for places. That’s what we’ve got.”
Mauricio Pochettino broke the club’s transfer record to sign midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and the Frenchman repaid his manager’s faith instantly with a tremendous debut goal against Aston Villa.
The 22-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester City, but Guardiola opted to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid to bolster his options in midfield, with the Spaniard viewed as the ideal successor to Fernandinho.
But Kane feels the France international will be key to his side keeping up with City in the race for the title.
He said: “Tanguy’s a player that loves to get the ball in tight spaces, use his body and play forward passes, which is great for us. Of course if he pops up with goals as well, that always helps.
“But he’s a great player, still learning, still working hard as we all are and we’re very happy to have him and happy he’s got off to a great start.”