‘If we lose – s*** decision’ – Pochettino talks about whether Kane will start in the final

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are now just six days away from their first ever Champions League final, as they prepare to take on fellow Prem side Liverpool in Madrid.

Mauricio Pochettino took the decision to keep his side at Hotspur Way for their preparations, with Liverpool holding a training camp and warm-up match in Marbella (Standard).

However, the 20-day gap between the end of the Premier League season and the CL final has played into Tottenham’s hands, as their star man inches ever closer to fitness (Metro).

Harry Kane picked up a nasty ankle ligament injury in the first leg of the quarterfinals against Man City in the Champions League.

Hopping straight down the tunnel, the striker hasn’t been seen on the pitch since, bar running on to celebrate when Spurs beat Ajax in the semis.

Pochettino was asked this week whether he would be starting Kane, and the Argentine was very relaxed and honest in his answer.

He said (Daily Mail): “You know, that is a point we’re thinking a lot about. It is a decision that, one way or the other. And it will be judged after the game. If we win, it’s a genius decision. If we lose: ‘Why did he not play?’

“The big point is that we are going to take the best decision to try to win.. You know very well that if you win, football is fantastic, if not, you are going to kill me. But it’s only a decision, it’s not a good or bad decision. But I understand if we win: fantastic decision. If we lose: s*** decision. But it’s not good or bad, it’s going to be a decision. We are assessing the players and how they are going to arrive.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

As I have said many times, I would be very apprehensive in starting Harry Kane against Liverpool. I would prefer to start with Son, Alli and Moura and see how the land lies before introducing Kane in the second half as an impact sub. Either that, or I would give Kane 45 mins and Moura the second-half for some extra pace. I just can’t see how Kane would have a full game in his tank.

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  1. Moura does seem to come to life in the second half of vital games, so maybe bring him on in the 2nd half if Kane is genuinely fit to start the game. Even then, bringing Moura on depends on whether we’re losing or drawing at the start of the 2nd half. If we’re winning comfortably at half time (I wish) then Poch may look elsewhere in his 2nd half substitutions, but Moura deserves to play at some point, as does Kane, if he’s fit. Having said all that, perhaps Kane might start with Moura. Son clearly struggles playing alongside Kane, so he may be the one to miss out early on, and be an impact sub afterwards. I just hope we don’t need to call on Llorente. It’s a real dilemma for Poch, but better to have more rather than less choice. One thing’s for sure, Alli has to play just off the shoulder of the attackers, and Eriksen in his normal central advanced position. Winks will fight it out with Dier and Wanyama for the one holding spot, while Sissoko deserves his place alongside any one of those three. The back four will hopefully be Rose, Verts, Toby, Tripps.


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