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Harry Kane is relishing working under Antonio Conte at Tottenham
Harry Kane is relishing working under Antonio Conte at Tottenham

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Conte is one of the best

Harry Kane has urged his Tottenham team-mates to make the most of playing under Antonio Conte.

Spurs remain firmly in the race for a top-four finish after sealing a last-gasp victory at Leicester earlier this week.

And Kane is keen to keep the momentum going against third-placed Chelsea on Sunday, when Conte faces his former employers for the third time this month. 

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, the England skipper, 28, said: "We've not really reached the heights we've wanted to as a club over the last couple of years. 

"It's a big opportunity now to take advantage of what we've got. He [Conte] is one of the best managers in the world.

"He's a manager that demands a lot. He's doing everything he can and as players we've responded really well to him and everyone's working as hard as possible to get success. 

"That's the ultimate goal for everyone here at the club."

Boost for Blues

Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah are working their way back to fitness
Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah are working their way back to fitness

Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah have returned to training in a timely boost for Chelsea. 

The Blues have been without James since he suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Brighton last month. 

Chalobah, 22, also aggravated a hamstring strain in the following game, a 2-2 stalemate with Liverpool, and went off with 20 minutes remaining. 

Boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the defensive duo have taken the first steps to returning to action — but neither player will be available for Sunday's showdown with Tottenham. 

Tuchel said: "We have a timeframe [on Reece’s return] but we will not make it public because we will just get asked about it.

"He is back on the pitch, which is good news, but he is in individual training so far away from being a part of the squad for Sunday. 

"Chalobah is back in team training but also way too early to play the game on Sunday at this kind of level."

Sad for Rafa

Steven Gerrard captained Rafa Benitez's Liverpool side
Steven Gerrard captained Rafa Benitez's Liverpool side

Steven Gerrard was sad to see Rafa Benitez sacked by Everton last week — but admits he was surprised the Spaniard took the job in the first place. 

The Toffees are searching for a new manager after axing Benitez just six months into the job. 

And Gerrard, who takes Aston Villa to Goodison Park tomorrow lunchtime, has sympathy for the man he played under at Liverpool. 

The Villans boss said: "I'm disappointed for Rafa because obviously I've got an awful lot of respect for him.

"I have to be honest, I thought it was a unique appointment at the time. 

"I was surprised and shocked that Rafa wanted to go and have a go at that job. With his legacy and his relationship with Liverpool, that was a surprise.

"Obviously it hasn't worked out for whatever reason. You'd have to be inside the club to know why, which is none of my business."

Roo plays down Toffees talk

Wayne Rooney is fully focused on the job at Derby
Wayne Rooney is fully focused on the job at Derby

Derby boss Wayne Rooney has played down talk of taking charge at Everton. 

The ex-Toffees striker, 36, was quickly linked with a return to his boyhood club following the dismissal of Benitez.

But Roo insists he is fully focused on the job at hand with the financially-stricken Rams. 

He said: "Everyone loves a fairytale, but from my point of view my focus is on the game [against Nottingham Forest] tomorrow. 

"It's a massive game, it's a local derby and I have to make sure I treat it with the utmost respect it deserves. 

"I understand the questions have to be asked, but there has been no communication [from Everton]."

Lack of discipline concerns Arteta

Mikel Arteta is not impressed by the number of red cards Arsenal pick up
Mikel Arteta is not impressed by the number of red cards Arsenal pick up

Mikel Arteta is concerned by Arsenal's lack of discipline on the pitch.

The Gunners finished with 10 men once again last night as Liverpool beat them 2-0 to progress to the Carabao Cup final. 

Granit Xhaka saw red in the first leg of the semi-final, which finished goalless at Anfield, and Thomas Partey followed suit at the Emirates by picking up two yellow cards in three minutes shortly after climbing off the bench. 

His dismissal was Arsenal's 14th in barely two years since Arteta took the reins — and the Spaniard has had enough of seeing his players lose their heads. 

The Gunners boss said: "We've played the last three games with 10 men. At this level, that's extremely difficult to win football matches."

Partey, who had made it back from the Africa Cup of Nations in time to be on the bench, added: "I should be more intelligent not to get in a challenge already booked but this is my personality. I like to fight for every ball. 

"I came back with the mentality to make myself available for the team to get to the final but it did not happen as planned."

Ivory Coast set for Wembley

England will face Ivory Coast in a friendly at Wembley on March 29. 

The Ivorians are ranked 56th in the world and are through to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations having knocked out holders Algeria yesterday. 

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