Harry Kane has marvelled at Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele in comments made to the Evening Standard.
Kane discussed the impact of the young midfielder after Tottenham’s exciting pre-season win over Juventus.
“He’s been great,” Kane said when analysing Ndombele’s first foray in Tottenham colours.
The Frenchman had an immediate impact off the bench. His first action was to intercept a clearance and playing a pinpoint pass for Lucas Moura to finish.
“He intercepted that ball very well and put it through to Lucas. That’s a strength of his – playing that through ball, that forward pass.
Kane was full of praise for his new teammate’s work rate: “It’s always nice to have a fresh face, new energy, new feelings and he’s a fantastic player, who is only going to help us”…
“That’s something we’ve missed over the last year or so – that decisive pass in the final third”.
The England captain is hoping that finesse in midfield is just what Tottenham need to continue the radical progress they’ve made. Progress that has culminated in a Champions League final appearance in June this year (The Guardian).
Tottenham’s come back win over Juventus was a stark contrast to the last time the two sides met in the last 16 of the 2017/18 Champions League (BBC Sport). That time, Spurs were not so successful, and the game began in very similar circumstances.
Tottenham fielded a reasonably inexperienced side with academy youngsters Oliver Skipp, Antony Georgiou, Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga all named in the starting eleven (Independent).
The youngsters performed well and Erik Lamela was able to put Spurs ahead on the 30th minute. Juventus replied in the second half, however, thanks to goals by Higuain and Ronaldo.
Tottenham fans could be forgiven for thinking the worst as this was the way the scoreline stayed the last time the two sides met. However, the introduction of Ndombele came with immediate success as Lucas Moura met a pass through traffic to stab home an equaliser inside the box.
The game looked set for a stalemate but for England captain Kane, who won the game at the death with a spectacular goal from halfway line courtesy of a looping shot that flew over the head of Wojciech Szczesny and into an open net.
“Once I hit it, I knew it had a chance. It’s probably one of the best goals I’ve scored in my career.” Kane said of his stoppage-time winner (Standard).
Tottenham play their next game on this Thursday against Manchester United in Shanghai, China.
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