Category: harry kane

Poch sets record straight on Trippier exit and reveals Kane message from him:

By now, Spurs fans should be aware of the football media’s agenda to constantly shit stir and twist the facts. Another example here. 

Simple truth – take with a whole dollop of salt! Always!!

England 4-0 Bulgaria: Harry Kane scores hat-trick in Three Lions win:

Congrats Harry!! 

More goals than Geoff Hurst for England!!!

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Yes, I did say in the preview that a draw would be a good result. But when the whistle blew to end yet another North London Derby, the pervading feeling I had was that it was two points lost rather than a point gained. 

Sure, defensively Spurs were at times all over the place. Davinson Sanchez at right back must never be an option in the future, because the lad had a nightmare out there on the right flank. Not really his fault because he’s NOT a right back at all. Fact that Mauricio Pochettino refused to play Serge Aurier (who was on the bench) anytime during the match speaks volumes.

On the plus side, Spurs looked dangerous every single time they attacked and in the first 40 minutes that offensive penetration paid handsome dividends with a two goal lead. 

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A flowing move found Leno pushing a Erik Lamela shot into the path of Christian Eriksen who gleefully prodded home after 10 minutes. Arsenal were frankly shell-shocked. 

Half an hour later from an Eriksen free-kick, Harry Winks – who had an excellent game – turned Maitland-Niles inside out & found Son Heung-Min in the box, Xhaka panicked and cleaned out Sonny with an awful tackle. 

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Harry Kane converted the penalty with his usual aplomb. Joint top scorer in this fixture now with 10 goals! Spurs in control!

Spurs were cruising but then handed Arsenal the initiative with a string of defensive errors from Danny Rose to Sanchez resulting in a Lacazette stoppage time goal which could have been easily avoided. Sigh. It looked odds on that like last season, Arsenal would go on in the second half to win this. 

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However, they found captain Hugo Lloris in determined mood and the French keeper did his best to deny Arsenal numerous times. However, with nineteen minutes left, Guendozi was given the freedom of the park by Spurs and slipped in Aubameyang between Jan Vertonghen and Rose to draw level. 

Suddenly, as if awoken from slumber, Spurs actually looked the more likely in those final minutes with Dele and Lo Celso on and providing attacking intent. Kane was denied a clear penalty – like in the Newcastle game last week – and Moussa Sissoko again found himself in an excellent goal-scoring position (remember Liverpool at Anfield last season?) with the predictable result. Sigh. 

It was important not to lose this game. Not least for the fact that the media would have spun even more shit about how unhappy Pochettino is with Daniel Levy and the club. Pure fantasy! Remember that Spurs were short of several key players and from that perspective, the performance – minus the individual defensive errors – showed promise for the season ahead. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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(via INTERVIEW | HARRY KANE ON HIS MATCH-WINNING BRACE AGAINST ASTON VILLA – YouTube)

If Harry remains injury-free this season, he will win the Golden Boot no worries.

When Villa’s Scottish midfielder John McGuin put the newly-promoted side ahead in the 9th minute very much against the run of play, it all seemed so typical Spurs. 

Prior to that, Spurs had been dominant with Lucas Moura missing a gild-edged opportunity. What a difference that might have made. Once Villa went in front, it made Spurs’ task that much more harder as Villa effectively ‘parked the bus’ and invited Spurs to camp in their half. 

Spurs found the going tough, mainly because there was zero movement amongst the attacking trio of Harry Kane, Moura and Erik Lamela. Kane had a chance or two but could not convert. 

For some reason, Spurs always take a long time to get going – if they had been more clinical, the path to victory might have been easier. As it was, it took over 70s minutes, with unsettled playmaker Christian Eriksen now in the thick of the action, to equalise when record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored from outside the box with a well-placed hit. 

Spurs also have the knack of scoring late winners and they did not disappoint as talisman Harry Kane delivered in the 86th and 90th minute respectively, to pick up a deserved three points. 

Compared to the comprehensive victories of Man City and Liverpool, this win looked too close for comfort as far as Spurs were concerned. Sure, many top players were unavailable viz. Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, Serge Aurier etc BUT that should not be an excuse for Spurs struggling to put away a side that will most probably be battling relegation the entire season. 

Would it have been different if Eriksen was playing from the start? Did he – as some pundits suggest – make all the difference? Of course, Eriksen at the peak of his powers is a tremendous asset but does he want to stay? Considering the cooling of interest amongst the top European clubs for Eriksen’s services, he might consider staying put for one more season but without the club losing out on a significant payday. We shall see … 

In any case, a win is a win and for now, this is a good start to a new season! 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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(via (1) Real Madrid vs Tottenham 0-1 Highlights & All Goals – Audi Cup 2019 – YouTube)

Excellent pre-season workout. Based on this performance, a deserved victory. Heading into the new season in decent enough form.