Sutton delivers verdict on Tottenham PL title chase v Chelsea, states what could cost them
By Will Butcher
Chris Sutton believes Tottenham’s form in the absence of Harry Kane from mid-October to the end of November has cost them in their fight with league leaders Chelsea.
Antonio Conte’s side currently sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table, after earning a 4-2 win at home to Southampton on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live that he believes the Spurs run that saw them win once in 10 league and cup encounters could cost them, as England international Kane remained on the sidelines.
Kane picked up an ankle injury during the 1-0 win against Sunderland in September. Although Spurs went on to win the next four games without Kane, they won just once between October 15 and December 3.
“If Tottenham don’t win the league this season, which I don’t think they will, it is that little period they had from mid-October to the end of November; that is the difference,” Sutton said, as quoted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Twitter account.
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“They won one in ten overall, one in six in the league. That’s ultimately cost Spurs.
“They’ve won 16 out of the last 19 (league) games, which is unbelievable form but I think they’re going to come up a little bit short.”
They've won 16 out of the last 19 in the league…
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Kane has proved once again that he is Spurs’ biggest goal threat with 26 goals in 32 league and cup appearances for the north London giants this season.
Kane added to his tally on Saturday evening against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final but could not prevent his side from being knocked out of the competition 4-2.
However, they are trailing Chelsea by seven points and that period without their number 10 could ultimately prove crucial come the end of the season.
Spurs have six games to reduce the gap between themselves and Chelsea, starting with Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to see his side see of in-form Palace, who have won six of their last eight games and will take confidence from the reverse fixture that saw Spurs win 1-0.