Kane saved me from sack: Po­chet­tino

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Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has a spe­cial rea­son to be grate­ful to Harry Kane as he be­lieves the striker saved him from the sack. Po­chet­tino was only four months into his first sea­son as Spurs boss and his side, who had lost at home to New­cas­tle the pre­vi­ous week, were 1-0 down at As­ton Villa. Pres­sure had be­gun to mount on Po­chet­tino be­fore a dra­matic turn­around at Villa Park as Nacer Chadli equalised with six min­utes left and Kane added a fi­nal flour­ish.

The striker, brought on as a sub­sti­tute, scored a de­flected free-kick in added time to give Tot­ten­ham, and his coach, a piv­otal vic­tory. Po­chet­tino sees it as a turn­ing point. “Maybe I can find many other goals that were fan­tas­tic but for me the goals are re­lated to emo­tion, in the pe­riod you are liv­ing,” Po­chet­tino said.

“For me that goal was an amaz­ing goal be­cause it meant for us, for ev­ery­one, the pos­si­bil­ity to stay here to­day.

“It’s true, the team were 14th or 13th and we were a lit­tle bit un­der pres­sure be­cause the team were there and play well, but not win games.

“Al­ways in foot­ball, when you don’t get good re­sults, the first to be sacked is the man­ager. That is why that goal al­lowed us to carry on work­ing and try to change the club.”

Kane will be look­ing to con­tinue his rich vein of form against Swansea on to­day af­ter his dou­ble against Borus­sia Dort­mund in mid­week took his tally to six goals in four matches for club and coun­try.

Af­ter break­ing the 100-mark for Spurs last week­end, the Eng­land for­ward also now has four goals in four in the Cham­pi­ons League.

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