Spurs vice-captain hails Lloris and Vertonghen’s intervention
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 March 2019
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Kane hopes the point against Arsenal could be massive come the end of the season and discussed the club’s run without silverware
Harry Kane believes the end to Saturday’s north London derby could be pivotal to Spurs’ season after a testing week in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal had to settle for a share of the spoils at Wembley Stadium following a 1-1 draw.
It could have been worse for the hosts, however, had Hugo Lloris not denied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the spot in stoppage time and Jan Vertonghen also not deflected his effort over the crossbar from close range moments later.
Had the Gabonese striker found the net, Spurs would have lost three league games in a row for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino.
Asked about the dramatic finale to the clash and Lloris’ save, Kane said: “I think it could be massive and when we look back over the next couple of months or so it could be a massive point gained.
“Of course we wanted to win the game, but it is not always possible, especially when you are in spells where you are not winning.
“It was a big save from Hugo and a big block from Jan after as well so it was an important point for us. It is important now we put this week to bed and really focus on winning in the Champions League on Tuesday and then Southampton away.”
Next up for Pochettino’s team is a midweek European clash with Borussia Dortmund where they will expect to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Leading 3-0 from the first leg after a stunning victory at Wembley, Tottenham are the overwhelming favourites to progress.
Kane is likely to start again – his fourth consecutive start after returning from ankle ligament damage – but he got himself ready to be included from the off for the games away to Burnley and Chelsea and at home to Arsenal.
He added: “I prepared myself to (start all three). Obviously I always leave that down to the manager, he always makes that decision and he said that before the Burnley game, so I am just here to do my best whenever the manager wants me on the pitch.
“I think the circumstances of the game and being behind in the games has meant that I have played maybe more than people expected. But I feel fine, I have come through the games and the ankle feels good which is the main thing.”
While Spurs coped pretty well in Kane’s absence, they did exit the League Cup and FA Cup at the end of January without their star man.
Recent defeats at Burnley and Chelsea have also ended Tottenham’s faint hopes of winning this season’s title.
The only competition left for Pochettino’s team is the Champions League, although realistically they look unlikely to win that too.
It means the club’s wait for silverware again will extend into a 12th year and Spurs’ manager recently admitted it could take five more years for them to challenge for the Premier League title, having come closest in the 2016/17 campaign.
While Kane understands what his boss meant, he is hopeful Tottenham will be able to stay with the chasing pack, but warned they must get better.
“I don’t think it’s far away, but I think what the gaffer was saying was with the teams nowadays, it’s not a guarantee that if you improve you are still going to win things,” Kane said.
“Every team is improving, every team is strengthening, every team is getting better year-by-year, so it’s important for us that we don’t fall behind that.
“We have got to a stage in the last four or five years where we have maybe done more than we expected as a club, but it means that we have to do even more to reach that stage, so whether it’s five years or not I can’t say, but I hope it’s sooner than that.”
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