Spurs feel pace as Po­chet­tino sweats on Kane

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MAURI­CIO PO­CHET­TINO ad­mit­ted Tot­ten­ham may al­ready be feel­ing the pace af­ter be­ing left to sweat on an in­jury to Eng­land striker Harry Kane who was car­ried off af­ter scor­ing the win­ner in a 1-0 vic­tory at home to Sun­der­land.

Kane scored his sec­ond goal in as many League games but he was taken off on a stretcher late on af­ter a tackle by Papy Djilo­bodji, with an ini­tial di­ag­no­sis of a twisted an­kle.

Vic­tory lifted Tot­ten­ham into third place in the Pre­mier League to main­tain their un­beaten start to the sea­son.

Po­chet­tino was un­able to be drawn on the ex­tent of the in­jury of the striker, but felt he would not be left short of op­tions fol­low­ing the pre-sea­son sign­ing of Vin­cent Janssen.

“We will find out to­mor­row, Harry twisted his an­kle and he felt pain in it. It could be a prob­lem with his lig­a­ment but to­day is dif­fi­cult to as­sess and give an opin­ion,” said the Spurs boss.

“It is dif­fi­cult with­out him, but we signed Janssen, he’s work­ing very well and he is a striker that can give us a lot of things.”

The Tot­ten­ham man­ager also be­lieved the rigours of Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball and in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments are al­ready start­ing to take their toll, with Mousa Dem­bele also leav­ing the field due to cramp.

“When you are in­volved in dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions like the Cham­pi­ons League, it’s a new com­pe­ti­tion for us and we spent a lot of en­ergy on Wed­nes­day,” he said.

“It was dif­fer­ent from the last two sea­sons when we were only play­ing in the Europa League, where we could ro­tate the squad and the start­ing eleven.”

The Ar­gen­tinian added: “It’s new for us, it’s im­por­tant to learn and some­times you are sur­prised when you make changes.

“All our in­ter­na­tion­als had a dif­fi­cult sum­mer, they played in the Eu­ros, and it’s more dif­fi­cult to get fit.”

Sun­der­land have still failed to win in the Pre­mier League this sea­son and con­tin­ued a re­mark­ably poor run of not win­ning in either Au­gust or Septem­ber since 2012.

Their prepa­ra­tion was fur­ther dented with the cu­ri­ous with­drawal of Pa­trick van Aan­holt be­fore the game, a sit­u­a­tion that man­ager David Moyes re­fused to elab­o­rate on af­ter the match.

How­ever, with the dis­missal of Ad­nan Januzaj late on, Moyes felt his play­ers fell foul of ref­eree Mike Dean.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with him, but I was also dis­ap­pointed with the ref­eree, be­cause it was a free­kick on the edge of the box and he doesn’t give it, and Ad­nan shouldn’t have spoke back to the ref­eree,” he said.

“The sec­ond chal­lenge could be a yel­low card, it looked worse on the tele­vi­sion than it did stand­ing at pitch­side,” Moyes added.

The Wear­siders are sec­ond­bot­tom with just one point, and Moyes felt that the per­for­mance was to be ex­pected.

“To be truth­ful, it was tough. Credit to the play­ers, that’s what we are at the mo­ment – we have to be re­silient in games and look­ing to get things,” he said.

“We came here try­ing to get some­thing but we were on the back foot from the start.

“We’ve got to start pick­ing up some points, but it’s the start of a long jour­ney. We’ve got to get bet­ter – the goal was a gift.” – AFP

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