Spurs star: Chelsea gave us a lesson in ruthlessness at Stamford Bridge

PUBLISHED: 12:12 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:17 04 December 2014

Tottenham's Harry Kane tries to beat Chelsea defender John Terry during last night's London derby at Stamford Bridge

Tottenham's Harry Kane tries to beat Chelsea defender John Terry during last night's London derby at Stamford Bridge

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Harry Kane says Chelsea gave Tottenham a lesson in ruthlessness last night, and he believes Spurs’ young side will learn from their loss against the league leaders.

The average age of Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up was 24 – with six of the players being younger than that - but they created the first three chances at Stamford Bridge.

Jan Vertonghen headed narrowly over and 21-year-old Kane went close on two occasions, heading against the woodwork and then shooting wide from the corner of the six-yard box.

Yet it was Chelsea who got the 19th-minute opener through Eden Hazard, and Didier Drogba struck moments later in the 22nd minute before substitute Loic Remy added a third goal in the second half to earn the Blues a somewhat flattering 3-0 victory.

Asked what Spurs are lacking, Kane said: “Maybe a bit of ruthlessness when we go ahead, or when we have chances - but it will come.

“We’ve got a young side and we’re learning in each game. We’ve got a new philosophy that we’re learning, and we’re trying to put it into each game.

“On another day [my header] could have hit the bar and gone in, and then you never know what could happen. But these are the fine margins in the top league against the top teams.

“In the first half especially we could have been ahead quite easily in the game. They’re a top side and they punished us for it.

“Even in the second half we created a few more chances but they got the third and finished it off. That’s what happens when you play the top teams in the league and we’ve got to learn from it.

“You’re only going to get better playing the top teams in the league. We’re still getting better, I think we can still improve, and there are plenty of games coming up for us to do that.

“The quicker we can get back to winning ways the better. I think we’ve got a chance of doing that at home at the weekend [against Crystal Palace]. That’s what we’re looking to do, and then take that momentum into the games over the Christmas period.”

Hugo Lloris was largely to blame for Chelsea’s second goal, kicking the ball straight to danger man Hazard inside Spurs’ half in the build-up to Drogba’s strike.

But Kane said: “Hugo’s been great for us this season, there’s no doubt about it. Obviously he’ll be disappointed but we’re a team and we’re all disappointed.

“We know Hugo’s a top keeper and we just have to move on now and look forward to the weekend.”

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