Tottenham Hotspur would usually be done and dusted for the year by now, but fans still have the simple matter of a Champions League final to look forward to before the campaign is over.
Spurs take on Liverpool in the all-Premier-League clash in Madrid on June 1, with the winners walking away as the champions of Europe.
Tottenham overcame a 3-0 deficit away to Ajax in the semi-final courtesy of a second-half hat-trick from Lucas Moura, while Liverpool thrashed Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 scoreline of their own.
With Tottenham star man Harry Kane picking up an ankle ligament injury against City in the first leg of the quarter-finals, the striker has faced a race against time to be fit for the final.
As a boyhood Spurs fan and academy graduate, Kane will surely do everything in his power to step out onto that Spanish turf.
The Spurs vice-captain certainly sounds like a man who is confident of playing some part in the match in his recent interview with the Tottenham website.
He said: “It’s all part of the team effort. We’ve dealt with setbacks all season – most of our players have been injured at some stage this year but whoever has come in, they’ve stepped up and done the job and that’s the important thing about the squad.
“Especially in competitions like the Champions League, you need everyone. Players have been suspended, lads have been injured but everyone has come in and really done well. Of course, whoever the gaffer chooses to play in the final or to be on the bench will be ready – it’s been a squad campaign so hopefully, we’ll win in Madrid and then we can celebrate all together.
“The atmosphere around the place is great, to be honest. It’s a strange situation to be in, to not have a game for three weeks. This week has just been about the players recovering and preparing, getting a bit of freshness back in the legs and next week will be more preparation, more stuff to do with the game and more tactical work I guess.
“It’s a hard one because it’s such a big game. You try not to think about it but it always pops into your mind during the day so it’s just about staying focused and not getting too carried away. Obviously, the build-up is going to get bigger and bigger as we get closer to the game so it’s important for all the players to keep doing what we’ve done all season, keep working hard, keep training as we would do and obviously prepare as well as we can.”
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All indications certainly point towards Kane being able to start in Madrid, however, I have my reservations. Being fit enough to play is one thing, but being sharp and in-form enough to beat Virgil Van Dijk is another. If Kane is rushing back purely to have his name on the starting teamsheet, then it is a huge mistake. Poch should pick players on current form and fitness if Spurs are to stand a chance.
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