Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed Harry Kane to keep scoring in the Champions League
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The Argentine is confident the forward will receive the credit he deserves if he continues to find the net in the Champions League
Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane will receive the world acclaim he deserves if he keeps scoring in the Champions League.
The Spurs striker netted a crucial brace last night, as Tottenham Hotspur started their European campaign with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
It was a memorable evening for the Lilywhites and Kane, who took his recent tally in the Champions League to four goals in his last three games.
The 24-year-old was at his influential best at Wembley and Pochettino feels he will continue to terrorise opponents in Europe.
“I think he was fantastic and you saw it against Borussia Dortmund. If he scores goals in the Champions League and he will receive the credit he deserves,” said Tottenham’s manager.
“He is one of the best strikers in the world. There’s no doubt about it for me, but if he scores in this competition, the most important competition in the world, it will give him the credit that he deserves.”
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Kane’s first goal was a perfect illustration of some of his finest qualities – his desire, never-say-die attitude and shear will to score goals.
Most would have gone down after getting a tug by an opponent and even more would have not tried to win the ball when it seemed lost.
But Kane did and the reward was a goal of the highest quality, which helped set Spurs on their way.
Heung-min Son was the first Tottenham player to get things going for Pochettino’s side under the arch.
A brilliant counter-attack involving Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Kane saw the South Korean get played through.
Son squared up his rival before curling past the hapless Roman Burki and into the net to take the roof off of Wembley.
After so much talk of the curse and a hoodoo, the national arena certainly felt like home last night.
Pochettino added: “It was a fantastic performance from Son and he scored a very good goal.
“He helped the team to achieve this result and I am very happy with him, but not only with him.
“I am happy with the effort from the whole team because it was a very tough and Dortmund played really, so I am very happy because the effort was excellent from everyone.”
Spurs enjoyed some luck at Wembley, but the saying ‘fortunate favours the brave’ couldn’t have been truer than last night.
It was a gamble for Tottenham to play the way they did – on the counter-attack and back themselves to soak up the pressure of Dortmund.
The Bundesliga leaders were missing various key players, but still had a plethora of attacking talent to pick from.
Not many teams would have adopted the same tactics as Spurs, yet it paid off with aplomb under the arch.
It was the type of statement victory you felt Tottenham needed to make Wembley feel like their own and with two more games coming up at the national stadium over the next week, they now have a great chance to get on a roll at their temporary home.