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Tottenham can cope without in-form Kane, says Pochettino

16 March, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur is shown a yellow card by the referee Szymon Marcianiak during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus

Harry Kane has a positive outlook on his ankle injury and Mauricio Pochettino is confident the Tottenham striker will return before the end of the season.

"Tell me one 21-year-old that is better than him, and all that he achieves. Maybe I am not objective because he is my player but, for me, he is wonderful".

Pochettino's hyperbole invited the comparison between Alli and some of the game's other stellar talents in his age bracket.

The game will be pivotal in deciding who qualifies for next season's Champions League - with the Blues, Spurs, Liverpool and Man Utd all vying for the three qualification spots below runaway leaders Man City. "Last season? Who was the best?"

"We are talking about one of the best strikers in the world, you can not compare [him] with the others [in the squad]", said the Tottenham boss.

Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko are pushing for recalls but I think we'll see Mousa Dembele keep his place in the middle of the park. "But it is hard to criticise Dele".

"Look of course I would like to win some trophies but not for myself but to deliver it for the fans", he said. "He put his leg in the washing machine for the team to try to score - against Sunderland, Millwall and now, because he's so courageous". "We will see because he's going to play for the national team [in the upcoming friendlies] and players are not machines", Pochettino said.

If the latest injury is as bad as feared, Kane would miss the FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea on Saturday, the semi-final if Tottenham progress and four league fixtures, including clashes with Chelsea and Manchester City. Maybe another player says, 'I'm not going to take that risk.' But he's a warrior.

"Juventus was a massive game and this is a massive game as well if we want to have the option of winning a title at the end". It is no excuse now that Harry is out for a few weeks to not have the same mentality and try to win the games. "We need to assess every day".



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