Tottenham Hotspur director Mauricio Pochettino has refused to blame Harry Kane’s nonappearance for their drubbing against Manchester United and opened up about the striker’s return date.
The North London side came to United without their star player Harry Kane as the English striker was out injured due to a hamstring strain and without the Premier League top scorer, they couldn’t break the United defense.
Dele Alli was on the verge of scoring a goal in the second half when Eriksen flung a splendid ball into the penalty box, cutting two defenders however the young Englishmen could only squander the opportunity to score the decisive goal.
In Kane’s absence, attacker Son was given the role of a number nine and later in the second half, new signing Llorente was called from the bench to supply Spurs more attacking profundity but anyway it was clearly felt that the team was feeling the loss of their star player as the North London side were incompetent to score from the chances.
Later Martial came off the seat to score the winner in the 81st minute for the Red Devils and gave Spurs their fourth back to back thrashing at Old Trafford without scoring.
But, now when it was asked to manager Pochettino as to whether they had missed Kane the Argentine said the absence of top scorer Harry Kane was no reason for his group’s 1-0 setback.
Pochettino told Sky Sports: “If Dele Alli scored before we conceded, maybe now the question would be different.
“It’s always about the result in football. Of course, you’re always going to miss your main striker and Kane is one of the best strikers. But it’s not fair to talk about Kane and we need to be fair with everyone. If Alli scored, be sure we’d be talking in a different way. If you analyse the game, it was even but the result was different.
“It was the best chance. It was the chance for 1-0 up but instead 1-0 down. Now, we move on.”
Kane has been in an amazing form for Tottenham of late this season, scoring 13 goals in 12 appearances in all rivalries and the manager will be eager to have him back in the midweek conflict where they will host Real Madrid at Wembley.
But while talking about his return date Pochettino stayed coy on the issue as he proposed he is not yet certain about the forward’s arrival date.
“We’ll see in the next few days and take a decision,” Pochettino said about Kane.
Spurs and Madrid both are currently at the same point in the Champions League group and the next match could mostly decide the group topper as another heavyweight in the group Dortmund are still 6 points behind them.