Harry Kane has revealed that Tottenham now view set-pieces as a big opportunity to make the difference in tight matches.
Tottenham did not have a great conversion rate when it came to set-pieces last season but the North Londoners have scored from a corner kick in each of their three Premier League matches so far.
It was Kane’s header from close range after a flick-on at the near-post by Ivan Perisic that proved the difference in the 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.
Dejan Kulusevski has put the improvement down to the arrival of Gianni Vio, who joined Antonio Conte’s coaching staff as the set-piece coach in the summer.
The Swede even joked that the Italian deserves a pay rise for the effort he is putting in on the training pitch to make Spurs more effective from set-pieces (The Athletic).
Kane has also credited the work being done on the training field, explaining that the team now practice set-piece routines for two days leading up to a match.
When asked about Tottenham’s improvement in set-pieces, the striker told Football.London: “We’ve been working on them in training.
“We see it as a real opportunity to break the deadlock in games. We know how important set-pieces can be in tight games especially. Two in two now, hopefully, we can keep it up.
“We’ve had plenty of time, we’ve had one game a week for the last three weeks now, so probably leading up to two days before the game, a couple of days looking at what the opposition do, looking at how we can exploit that.
“We have Gianni helping us, for sure the gaffer is involved, all the staff are involved as well. So far so good, but we’ve got to keep it going.”
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Even apart from the goals we have scored, we noticeably look a lot more threatening in every corner kick and in-direct free kick we get. If we can get 10 to 15 more goals over the course of the season from set pieces, that could make the difference between challenging for the top four and challenging the likes of City and Liverpool.
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