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Tottenham's Harry Kane would be revered if he was Italian - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham's Harry Kane would be revered if he was Italian - Mauricio Pochettino

Though Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino would rather have his players rest, he has no choice but to let his players fulfill their global duties.

They have lost nearly all their big games and have been nowhere near their seductive best, yet they are still in the Champions League, just about, and a win today would take them to within two points of the leaders Manchester City.

The 25-year-old netted his 150th goal for Spurs in a Champions League win over PSV midweek and has put to bed any doubts about his form following a five-match run without a goal early in the season.

Pochettino once compared Kane to compatriot and former team-mate Gabriel Batistuta, and with Tottenham facing Crystal Palace on Saturday, he remains adamant it applies.

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After being held without a goal at Selhurst Park in their first four games, Crystal Palace scored their first two home goals, two weeks ago against Arsenal. That is why we were talking before about Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and worldwide duty. If Palace are going to avoid relegation for again, they need to start scoring more goals. If you see our schedule for the next few months it will be so tough. I am so responsible with my job, our fans need to know that I am focused in Tottenham working so hard to help the club achieve what we want.

"If Harry Kane is Italian and he's playing for an Italian side he's going to be a bit more protected, because the Italian people are more protective of their players". But in a press conference this week, Pochettino reiterated his commitment to Spurs, while acknowledging that rumours are part and parcel of football. "If you are not ready I'll take your place".

"In England you have some very good things here but there are things you need to improve with your own players", he said.


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