London (AP) — A goal down and Harry Kane injured, Tottenham’s campaign for a third consecutive Premier League top-four finish looked to be taking a serious hit.
Dele Alli equalized, before Son Heung-min struck twice and Serge Aurier nodded in to show Tottenham are far more than the “Harry Kane team,” as they were described by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola earlier this season.
“Sometimes it looks that in football only the 11 players that play every week are important,” Pochettino said. “But for me it’s so important the squad, because with a greater squad, with everyone fighting for the same objective, you can achieve all that you want.”
Spurs moved into third, a point above Liverpool, and five points clear of fifth-place Chelsea. Eight rounds remain in the race for the four Champions League spots.
Earlier Sunday, Arsenal defeated Watford 3-0 as Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper to reach 200 Premier League clean sheets.
The former Chelsea ‘keeper saved Troy Deeney’s penalty as goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensured the Gunners ended a run of three straight league defeats.
Despite the victory, Arsenal are 12 points adrift of fourth place and Arsene Wenger’s team selection suggested his attention is now firmly focused on the Gunners’s Europa League campaign.
While Tottenham’s win keeps them in a strong position for now, they will desperately hope that Kane is fit to return for their next league game, against Chelsea in three weeks’ time.
“I am concerned, until he has a scan tomorrow we cannot say nothing more,” Pochettino said. “We hope it’s not a massive issue for him and for the team and as soon as possible he can recover again and be available.”
The anxiety over Kane’s condition, after an apparent injury to his right ankle, won’t be limited to Tottenham. The Premier League’s joint top scorer — tied with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on 24 goals this season — is expected to lead the attack for England at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
England’s opening game is against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18th.