The Associated PressLONDON (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.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s team had other ideas, delivering a stirring comeback to defeat Bournemouth 4-1 on Sunday.
Dele Alli equalized, before Son Heung Min struck twice and Serge Aurier nodded in to show Tottenham is far more than the “Harry Kane team,” as it was 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 is 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 it in a strong position for now, it will desperately hope that Kane is fit to return for its 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.”
Juve moves back on top
MILAN (AP) — Juventus took another step toward an unprecedented seventh successive Serie A title after Napoli had a setback on Sunday.
Juventus got two goals from Paulo Dybala and leapfrogged Napoli at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Udinese to take a 1-point lead. Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli could only draw 0-0 at Inter Milan in the evening match.
The Bianconeri could move four points clear of Napoli on Wednesday if they beat Atalanta at home in a match which was rescheduled due to bad weather.
“We’re just thinking of ourselves,” said Lorenzo Insigne, who went close for Napoli on several occasions at San Siro. “So many people, to put pressure on us, are saying that the title is gone, we just have to think about working.”
Napoli, which lost at home to Roma last weekend, hasn’t won the Italian league since Diego Maradona led the club to its only two championships in 1987 and 1990.
Late goal lifts Dortmund
BERLIN (AP) — Michy Batshuayi scored deep in injury time for Borussia Dortmund to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 and return to third place in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
The visitors were expecting a share of the points after Danny Blum’s injury-time equalizer, but there was still time for Batshuayi — who was dropped from the starting lineup — to score his second goal of the game.