‘I think I had him’ – Brentford defender opens up on marking Harry Kane

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Brentford defender Pontus Jansson has been speaking about his experience of marking Harry Kane after keeping the Tottenham Hotspur marksman quiet yesterday evening.

For the second game in a row, Tottenham failed to either score a goal or even register a shot on target and have now been overtaken by North London rivals Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table.

Spurs came into the fixture knowing if they beat Brentford they would move back above their rivals but instead found themselves unable to pose a threat to Thomas Frank’s side.

Kane had played a pivotal role in Spurs’ ruthless victories over Everton, Newcastle United and Aston Villa but has found things a little more difficult against Brighton and Brentford.

Jansson has claimed it was important for him to win the battle when marking Kane and felt, for the majority of the match, he had the upper hand over the England captain.

He told Sky Sports Main Event (23/04/22 – 19:25) following the 0-0 draw: “He is a key player for them, how they use him all the time, bouncing the ball off him to Son and Moura.

“It’s important for me to win that battle. Against those players, you can’t switch off but I think I had him for most of the game at least.”

Ironically, it was Kane who denied Jansson from opening the scoring in the 66th minute of the encounter when he cleared the 31-year-old’s header off the line.

SpursWeb Opinion:

What is most worrying is the fact that opposition sides are starting to become more and more aware of the fact of if they can win the midfield battle and stop Kane from dropping deep, it is cutting off Tottenham’s main threat of attack.

Ironically, Spurs could have done with the quality of Christian Eriksen within their ranks yesterday with the Dane delivering some brilliant balls into the box from set-pieces which caused his former side all sorts of problems.

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