But they are a challenger this year, Liverpool.
"Last year, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don't think that even Gary Neville would have said: "Quarter-finals of the Champions League, let City win".
"I know that's very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks".
While Kane has scored twice in four league games for Tottenham this season, his displays against Watford and for England against Spain have caused concern that he is suffering from the effects of the World Cup.
"To focus on one competition can only be if you are already out, or almost out, or if it's late in the season. He is the first to tell me that he made a mistake, this is a lesson for everyone".
Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Gary Neville after the former Manchester United defender told The Times that Liverpool should "kick" the Champions League "into touch" in order to focus on winning the Premier League. "I think he's fit, I have not read or heard what's going on around him, the most important thing for me is that we trust him".
Summer signing Fabinho represented Brazil during the break but still awaits his competitive Reds debut - though the boss explained that fact is only due to circumstances.
The Argentinian said: "He needs to provide the team with his best, but maybe in the circumstances we are like a team, or when he plays with England it's maybe not the best conditions for a striker to give the best". Fabinho is full of energy and desire.
"He came from another league playing in a completely different system to us and that takes time".
Tottenham's preparation for a game against a Liverpool side boasting a 100 percent record so far has not been ideal.
"Now he is going to do another scan to try and see how much he is injured", Pochettino added.