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Kane on ‘perfect’ Pochettino and Spurs ‘lacking leaders’ for Mourinho

From the highs of a second-placed finish and a Champions League final under Pochettino to the ill-fated 17-month reign of Mourinho, Spurs may end the current season – under interim manager Ryan Mason – without any European football.

Such a decline has led to Kane deciding it is time to leave the club, and further stokes the flames of speculation during an hour-long conversation with Gary Neville, for The Overlap Youtube channel.

Beyond describing Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has “a striker’s dream” and opening up about a conversation with chairman Daniel Levy over his future, Kane also detailed the differences between Pochettino and Mourinho.

“[Pochettino] was the perfect guy for me to come into because we worked so hard, training was so tough,” he told Gary Neville. We done a lot of work in the gym. I was at a real development stage of my career. I was kind of just developing into my body and things like that and with that extra training, extra gym work kind of his guidance at that aspect. He gave me a lot of confidence.

“I’d been playing Europa league with him, scoring goals and been waiting for that opportunity in the Premier League and thankfully the goal at Aston Villa away … I scored that deflected free kick and from then I pretty much started every game with him.

“We built up a real good relationship. We understood each other, not just football but personal as well. We had some great years and great moments and obviously would’ve loved to have won something with him, won a trophy with him. It didn’t quite happen but I will always cherish the relationship and the years we had together for sure.”

Pochettino was sacked in November 2019, just five months after that European showpiece, with Mourinho quickly appointed as successor.

Spurs went top under Mourinho in December of this season but just four months later sacked after a dismal run of form saw their top-four hopes all but evaporate.

Asked by Neville for the difference between the two, Kane replied: “It was pretty much completely different if I’m honest. Just in the style of play, the way they set up, tactical training we would do.


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