Kane could face Real, says Spurs boss Po­chet­tino

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

LON­DON: Tot­ten­ham boss Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino is hope­ful Harry Kane will be fit for to­mor­row’s Cham­pi­ons League clash with Real Madrid after he missed the 1-0 de­feat at Manch­ester United.

Kane, who has scored 13 goals for Spurs this sea­son, was ex­pected to be a doubt for the game at Wem­b­ley after a ham­string prob­lem forced him out of the match at Old Traf­ford. “With the doc­tors and the player, we will take the best de­ci­sion for ev­ery­one,” said Po­chet­tino.

“It’s not the last game or the fi­nal where you would say, ‘OK, after that it’s hol­i­days’. We must an­a­lyse and take the best de­ci­sion for ev­ery­one. “We will as­sess him and then we will make the best de­ci­sion. My feel­ing is good. But it’s not my feel­ing, it’s Harry Kane’s feel­ing.”

The United match, in which sub­sti­tute An­thony Mar­tial net­ted the only goal in the 81st minute, was an un­re­mark­able con­test for much of the time, with the best work com­ing in de­fence. Po­chet­tino was also asked af­ter­wards if op­pos­ing teams were more de­fen­sive against Tot­ten­ham, and he said: “No. I think no.

“My per­cep­tion is that United played like they did against Ben­fica (a 1-0 away win) and Liverpool (a 0-0 draw at An­field). “That’s foot­ball. Ev­ery­one can play (how) they want to play.” High-fly­ing Tot­ten­ham have suf­fered back-to-back de­feats, with the 1-1 draw at Real and 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wem­b­ley be­ing fol­lowed by a 3-2 League Cup loss to West Ham at the same venue and the Old Traf­ford set­back.—AFP

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