‘He made a 100m sprint’ – Mourinho talks Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of PL return

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane are back in action for the first time in nine days tomorrow night as they face a trip to Sheffield United.

Spurs have come back in good form in the Premier League with four points from two games against Manchester United and West Ham United.

However, the Lilywhites will need a near-flawless run for the rest of the season in order to have any chance of Champions League football next season.

Thankfully, Jose Mourinho can once again rely on Harry Kane in his starting eleven after the England captain returned from a six-month injury over lockdown.

Kane bagged his first goal against West Ham and Mourinho believes that his fitness and sharpness is improving.

The Spurs boss gave an example in which Kane sprinted from his own box to a goal-scoring chance against West Ham.

Mourinho added that Kane’s self-built reputation creates an expectation among fans and the media.

In his Zoom pre-match press conference, Mourinho said (Football London): “In the game before the goal, I think it was minute 60 or something like that, we had a defensive corner that Dele Alli cleared with a header into the box and Harry Kane was in the box on a defensive corner.

“I think 10 or 11 seconds later he was in front of Fabianksi with a left-footed shot that was almost a goal in the far post.

“Minute 60 after six months he made a 100m sprint and he did that for two matches. The agility is coming, the sharpness is coming, the positioning is coming. The interaction with the other players is coming.

“So for me he did very, very well for the team. He did very, very well for us in these two matches. You expect Harry to score more than one goal in two matches, that’s his fault. To create this expectation for you. So when the guy doesn’t score many goals you think there is a crisis.

“But there is no crisis, there is an improvement.”

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