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New Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has heaped praise on striker Harry Kane despite the forward's lack of goals ahead of the home clash with Norwich City.
Spurs are within touching distance of the Champions League spots after a dominant 2-0 win over Brentford, Conte remaining unbeaten in his opening three league games.
Kane, however, did not get on the scoresheet once more at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and has just one Premier League goal to his name this term, but Conte backed the forward to succeed.
"First of all, I'm sure Harry is happy if we win and he doesn't score," Conte said of Kane.
"Tottenham is the first thought for us and Harry. As I said yesterday, Harry played a very good game, he was in the situation that we scored and he had a good chance to score.
"It is important to have chances to score and we're improving a lot in this aspect. I'm sure Harry is going to score many goals.
"I'm very pleased with the way that he's playing. I know the striker wants to score but we want to give him many chances to score. I think we're on the right path to do this type of situation."
New Norwich head coach Dean Smith, who saw his side pick up a point at fellow strugglers Newcastle United last time out, is not underestimating England talisman Kane either.
"I don't think anybody can underestimate the type of player he [Kane] is," said Smith. "His goal scoring record speaks for itself whether that be for club or country.
"He had a good chance [against Brentford] but the goalkeeper made a really good save but he is an all-round good player.
"I was reading the reports Antonio Conte is very happy with his performances at the moment so we certainly won't underestimate him."
Tottenham - Harry Kane
Kane has scored five goals in three Premier League games against Norwich, netting one penalty goal in all three matches. No player in Premier League history has scored a penalty in four consecutive appearances against a specific opponent before.
Norwich City - Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 24 appearances in the competition. The Finnish striker has scored 62.5% of the Canaries' Premier League goals this season (5/8).
·Son Heung-min has been directly involved in more Premier League goals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium than any other player (34 - 19 goals, 15 assists). Indeed, his goal last time out versus Brentford was his 75th in the Premier League, while only four players have netted more for the Lilywhites in the competition (Harry Kane 167, Teddy Sheringham 97, Jermain Defoe 91, Robbie Keane 91).
·After a 25-game winless run in Premier League games in London, Norwich won their last visit to the capital in the competition (2-1 vs Brentford). They last won consecutive such matches in August/September 1992 - three in a row against Arsenal, Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
·Tottenham have won both of their first two Premier League home games under Antonio Conte - only Ryan Mason and Harry Redknapp won their opening three at home for the club in the competition.
·Norwich have taken eight points from their last four Premier League games (W2 D2), two more than they had in their previous 25 in the competition. The Canaries last had a five-game unbeaten run in the top-flight between October and December 2012 (10 games).
·Two of Norwich's three Premier League victories against Tottenham have come away from home, with the Canaries winning at White Hart Lane in December 1993 and April 2012.
Updated December 3, 2021