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Conte confident in misfiring Kane and wants more Tottenham ammunition


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ottenham boss Antonio Conte is confident Harry Kane will start scoring soon and says it is down to the team to create chances for the misfiring England captain.

He did have have a hand in Heung-min Son’s goal – which clinched the game for Spurs after Sergi Canos turned into his own net – with a brilliant defence-splitting pass, but missed a one-on-one with goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez in the second half.

Conte says he was happy with Kane’s performance against the Bees and believes he will rediscover his scoring touch if he gets the service.

“First of all, I’m sure Harry is happy if we win and he doesn’t score. Because Tottenham is the first thought for us and Harry,” Conte said.

“Harry played a very good game [against Brentford], he was involved in the situation that we scored from and he had a good chance to score.

“It’s important to have chances to score and we’re improving a lot in this aspect. I’m sure Harry is going to score many goals. I’m sure he’s going to have a good performance in the same way he had against Brentford against every team we play.

“I’m very pleased for the way that he’s playing. I know the strikers want to score but we want to give him many chances to score. I think we’re on the right path to do this type of situation.”

Despite his worst barren run in the League for Spurs, Kane has had no problem scoring for England, bagging seven goals in the games against Albania and San Marino last month to make it ten for his country this term.

“The Premier League is a very, very tough league,” Conte continued. “Every game that you play is not easy. Sometimes with the national teams you can play against teams not so strong and have more opportunities to score, not only for him but all the players.”

The win over Brentford moved Spurs to within two points of fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand and they could potentially move into the Champions League places with another victory over lowly Norwich on Sunday.

But Conte played down his side’s hopes of a top-four challenge, saying Spurs still needed to improve and hope other teams slip up.

“I think in this moment it’s more important to go game by game,” he said. “I think it’s very important to look at ourselves, not others. The table is surely very important. I always said we want to try to stay close to the first positions. When you stay close, you can improve with work.

“We can improve with time, many aspects with the players. And then we’ll see what happens. Surely we need to improve. To be very good. Also to hope that teams can slip.”

Conte also praised young centre-half Joe Rodon, despite leaving him out of the matchday squad against Brentford.

“I see Joe behind Eric Dier in the central position [of the back-three],” Conte said. “This position is a singular position. If you’re a central defender on the right or the left, you have more options to play. To be behind the central defender, you have only one option.

“Joe has showed me really, really great commitment, a will and desire to learn and improve himself. This is good. A really good example for the other players. He’s a solid player that works and knows he wants to improve. And I’m satisfied for the improvement I’m seeing in the training sessions from him.”

Conte will be without Cristian Romero (hamstring) and Giovani Lo Celso (knee) against the Canaries but the latter is due to return to training next week.


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