It was a point made in jest more than anything else, but many Tottenham Hotspur fans interpreted it as a dig.
“We’re in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season. They were unbeatable, they won the league. It’s not easy,” Pep Guardiola said in response to being asked whether his Manchester City’s side were favourites for the Premier League title following their fantastic victory over the champions at Stamford Bridge.
“Of course this season they [Chelsea] play in Europe. It’s a little more complicated for all the teams. And we have United [and] the Harry Kane team who scores every game two or three goals.”
Some may have been offended by the way Guardiola referred to Spurs, but everyone associated with the north London outfit should take it as a compliment. There is a strong argument to be made that Kane, on current form, is the best striker in the world at present, and he is the type of player who may ultimately make the difference in the race for the championship crown.
The England international’s brace in the 4-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town prior to the international break took his tally for the season to 11 in all competitions. All of those goals, remarkably, have come in his last six outings for Spurs, while he has now found the net an astonishing 36 times in 2017. In Kane’s last seven away games, meanwhile, he has scored on 16 occasions.
The Tottenham frontman is unlikely to maintain such an extraordinary ratio going forward, but his ability to make the net ripple on such a regular basis is outstanding. Kane never looks like he is going to miss and although he takes a large amount of shots, he is capable of converting any type of chance – be it inside the box, outside the box, with either foot or with his head.
Kane, moreover, is more than just a goalscorer. The 24-year-old is also adept at holding up the ball, linking the play and providing a focal point at the top of the pitch. That is why manager Mauricio Pochettino recently joked he was in love with the striker, who would surely be wanted by any coach in the world.
“It is so difficult to speak every three days about Harry Kane to find different words to describe him,” the Tottenham boss told reporters in his post-match press conference after the success against Huddersfield.
“He is fantastic. He’s great in front of the goal. When we don’t have the ball he is the first available to run, to fight, to work hard for the team. That mentality is fantastic and makes him one of the best strikers in the world.
“He is a very good example for everyone, a very good example for football, he is so humble. He is helping the team every three or four days to win games. We are so happy to have one player like him.”