SPE­CIAL ONE

Po­chet­tino says Kane com­mit­ted to Tot­ten­ham’s cause

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LE­ICES­TER play­ers we want to keep,” Po­chet­tino said.

“We are so calm about our key play­ers. They are happy here, we have an ex­cit­ing project.”

Kane’s fifth Premier League hat­trick in just over two years took him to 32 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, four more than he man­aged last term and one more than the 31 he bagged in the 2014-15 sea­son.

The 23-year-old would surely have scored more than 40 if he hadn’t missed two chunks of this sea­son with an­kle in­juries, and Po­chet­tino spoke glow­ingly about Kane’s ap­petite for suc­cess.

“We feel so proud of Harry, to score four goals was fan­tas­tic,” Po­chet­tino said.

“He was in­jured twice this sea­son but he is so fresh now and he is try­ing to score a lot of goals to fin­ish at the top.

“Harry’s a spe­cial player, he loves Tot­ten­ham. He means a lot for the team.

“I tell you al­ways that he’s one of the best strik­ers in the world. His per­for­mances show that we are right.”

Kane can wrap up the golden boot by get­ting on the score­sheet again in Tot­ten­ham’s fi­nal game at Hull to­mor­row and he is al­ready hun­gry for more after his first pro­fes­sional four-goal haul.

“There has been a bit of build-up on the race for the golden boot and I wanted at least one or two to put the pres­sure on but to get four is amaz­ing,” Kane said.

“I’m now sit­ting at the top, but we go in with the same men­tal­ity, to make sure we win first and fore­most and then score as many as I can.”

Sec­ond placed Tot­ten­ham’s to­tal of 83 points is a tally that would have been enough to win the ti­tle on eight pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

goals scored by Harry Kane so far this sea­son more than he man­aged last sea­son But un­for­tu­nately for the north Lon­don­ers, who have won 11 of their last 12 league games, cham­pi­ons Chelsea have been even more con­sis­tent.

After col­laps­ing in the fi­nal fur­long last sea­son, Tot­ten­ham have largely han­dled the pres­sures of the ti­tle race bet­ter this time.

And Po­chet­tino hopes the ex­pe­ri­ence will stand them in good stead next term, when they have to play their home games at Wem­b­ley while White Hart Lane is re­built.

“We were talk­ing about last sea­son when we fin­ished so bad. We spoke a lot about chang­ing that feel­ing and fin­ish­ing in the best way,” he said.

“We wanted to im­prove this sea­son and this type of per­for­mance showed we have learned a lot.

“It’s al­ways im­por­tant to fin­ish in a bet­ter mood, es­pe­cially when we move to Wem­b­ley next sea­son.”

Le­ices­ter man­ager Craig Shake­speare faces talks with the club’s Thai own­ers next week to de­cide if he will re­main in charge and this thrash­ing was hardly the ideal way to sell his cre­den­tials.

“We’ve come up against a qual­ity side but the dis­ap­point­ing thing is I didn’t see enough de­sire to de­fend as a team,” he said.

“I have to take some re­spon­si­bil­ity for that after chang­ing the for­ma­tion. if you get beat 6-1, there’s no pos­i­tives.” AFP

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Chelsea mid­fielder N’Golo Kante won the Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Player of the Year Award on Thurs­day.

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