Tottenham were without their star-striker Harry Kane for the past month after sustained ankle ligament damage during Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
Spurs subsequently lost Dele Alli to a hamstring injury in their next game against Fulham, and several people raised doubts if Tottenham would be able to cope without their two stars.
Pochettino, however, insisted that it was about the team and not about individual players, and the players proved him right on the pitch by digging out crucial wins in the absence of Kane and Alli.
Kane returned to action in Tottenham’s match against Burnley yesterday and marked his return to action with a well-taken goal. However, Kane’s strike wasn’t enough as Tottenham fell to a 2-1 defeat due to goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
Pochettino said after the game that Spurs losing despite having Kane in the team proved his point that it was about the team, rather than individual players.
When asked about Kane’s performance, the Argentine told Football.London, “That shows that the most important thing is the collective. We won with other players. You can win or you can lose. It’s pushing a lot, why this player, why that player? Why didn’t he play? We’re going to miss this or that. That is why it is all about the collective.
“Harry scored and I’m so happy that he’s back. He’s going to help the team, but nobody is more important than the team. In the day that we understand that maybe we are going to cross the line and improve like a club and team and maybe we are going to be a real contender. Until that it’s going to be really difficult.”
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