Harry Kane reflects on Chelsea’s win v Tottenham Hotspur in March

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane believes that losing 4-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last season made the players come together.

Harry Kane has been reflecting on the last time Tottenham Hotspur played at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match.

It was on March 8 with Tim Sherwood in charge, and it did not end on a happy note for the North London outfit.

Chelsea scored four goals in the second half - Demba Ba found the target twice - to win the contest 4-0 and move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Tottenham had held their London rivals in the first 45 minutes, but a defensive error from Jan Vertonghen saw Samuel Eto’o break the deadlock in the 56th minute.

Four minutes later Eden Hazard slotted home a penalty that Younes Kaboul gave away for bringing down Eto’o inside the Spurs penalty box (and was consequently sent off), and Ba struck twice late on.

It was a disastrous performance from Tottenham, but as Kane has now revealed, it also proved to be the turning point in the mentality of the players.

“Did the bonding start that day?” The Daily Star quotes the 21-year-old as saying. “It could have done. That was obviously a defeat that we did not like.

“We had a look at each other and talked about it. Yes you could say that might have had an effect and urged us on a bit. This season we have struck together in games. We get on well and we have shown that on the pitch.

"We were honest with each other that day - and we had to be at that stage. Sometimes you have to do that in football when results don't go your way.

“I think we learned a lot about each other that day. We are all working for each other and getting the best from each other."

Tottenham appear to have come alive over the past few days and will head into Wednesday’s match at Chelsea with confidence.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won their last three competitive matches, the last of which was against fellow top-four chasing Everton.

The performance in the 2-1 win against the Toffees was Tottenham’s best at White Hart Lane this season, and they will be determined to build on it by clinching the London derby at the Bridge.

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