ose Mourinho believes it is only a matter of time before ‘legend’ Harry Kane breaks Jimmy Greaves‘ scoring record for Tottenham after the England captain bagged his 200th goal for the club in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Ludogorets.
Kane reached the landmark on his 300th Spurs appearance as he inches towards Greaves’ record of 266 goals, achieved between 1961 and 1970.
“Tonight, 45 minutes one goal and one assist. Yes, I believe he can [become Tottenham’s record scorer]. It’s just a matter of time.”
Kane was replaced at half-time in Bulgaria, having scored a header from Lucas Moura’s corner before returning the favour for the Brazilian with his 10th assist of the season.
Giovani Lo Celso restored Spurs’ two-goal advantage in the second half after Claudiu Keseru had given Ludogorets brief hope just after the interval.
The performance was markedly better than last week’s 1-0 defeat to Royal Antwerp, as Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Carlos Vinicius and Davinson Sanchez – who all started in Belgium – had to settle for a place on the bench.
Mourinho mentioned no names but said some members of his squad, likely including Kane, were giving others “no chance” of forcing their way into his best XI.
“We are speaking about top players, we are speaking about Tottenham players, I always expect from them the maximum, so I am quite demanding and I am never happy with little,” the Portuguese said.
“There are a few things in this game that I expect much more from us, but I am happy with the initiative and the responsibility after we scored the first goal and I am happy we won the game quite comfortably.
“There are players that clearly by the way they perform they give no chance to other players in that position because they are so, so, so strong in their performances. People who are not playing regularly must feel that every minute they are on the pitch is a minute to prove, is a minute to enjoy, is to give the maximum.”
Lo Celso scored his first goal of the campaign and completed over 70 minutes as he continues to work his way back to fitness after missing pre-season through injury.
Mourinho afterwards said the playmaker is still not himself, particularly without the ball, but believes he is gradually improving.
“Good with the ball and not very good without the ball,” Mourinho said of the Argentine.
“His physical condition is not good. He didn’t have a preseason. During the lockdown during the previous season he had problems – he didn’t train in that period when other guys were training so he has been up and down in his preparation.
“So he’s been coming now, step by step. I feel that when he plays he’s not the Gio that we know, not the Gio that we know that he can be an amazing player. But with the ball, of course, great criteria and he knows what he’s doing of course, and understands the way we want to play. But we need more intensity to be fitter, to be more intense and to be stronger in the transitions.”
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