Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold has revealed Harry Kane’s free-kick goal in Tottenham’s friendly win over Team K-League was a product of newly-appointed set-piece coach Gianni Vio.
Spurs’ pre-season campaign in South Korea got off to a winning start on Wednesday as they claimed an entertaining 6-3 victory in their opening game at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Antonio Conte named forward stars Kane and local hero Heung-min Son on the bench to start proceedings but called upon the pair in the second half as they scored two each in the capital.
Kane’s second came in the form of a direct free-kick from the edge of the penalty area – a rarity for the England captain given it was his first successful strike since 2014.
Gold has since commented on the free-kick routine, claiming the credit should go the way of veteran set-piece coach Vio, who is already putting his stamp on things alongside Conte.
He said on his YouTube channel: “Funnily enough, from the free-kick a man that maybe we thought, ‘Oh no, we don’t want him to take it’, Harry Kane, he buried it into the bottom corner, and do you know what? Apparently, it was one of Gianni Vio’s creations.
“Actually, when you looked at the set-pieces in that game they were different, there was a lot of name-calling, a lot of movement, getting into positions, it was very organised.”
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Despite having such a great shooting technique in play and on penalties, Kane has never really managed to take that over to free-kick situations.
But hopefully with the help of Vio, who has clocked up some impressive experience in the past, he will now be able to use his talent to be a threat from set-pieces.
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