Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Kane absence no excuse for Spurs loss says Pochettino

Kane absence no excuse for Spurs loss says Pochettino

We did not lose the game because Harry wasn't out there, it is a collective sport and you have to adapt when someone isn't fit to play.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are five points ahead of United and Spurs, second and third respectively. His aerial presence is huge but the 32-year-old lacks the mobility of Kane despite bringing a wealth of experience to the table.

"TEAM [email protected] underwent assessment and investigation earlier this week, which confirmed a minor strain to the left hamstring", Tottenham tweeted on Friday and gave an update on another key player.

"We're very disappointed - it's a minor injury but we can not take a risk", Pochettino was quoted as saying by the club website ahead of the tie with the Red Devils.

"I said before the game to everyone that always you are going to miss your main striker and Harry Kane is one of best strikers in the world, but it is not an excuse today".

"So to lose again, I think it is going to happen, but in terms of the attitude that we didn't like and knowing the players and what good people they are, I believe it was an isolated case". We were always in control of the game. I told the players they are not machines and its so hard to cope with worldwide duty, play every three days.

"It will be a big statement if we beat them". "We need to wait until tomorrow to decide the formation". Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera - whose remark about Huddersfield playing with more passion infuriated Mourinho - said beating Spurs would put that shock loss behind them. There is no sense in taking that risk and making the problem bigger. We need to assess everyone and make a decision to be competitive.

"Like I told you before, we are waiting for him to say 'gaffer, doctor, I am ready to compete.'" Pochettino said in his press conference.

Pochettino could hand summer signing Fernando Llorente his full Premier League debut in place of Kane, while using Son Heung-Min as an out-and-out striker is also a possibility. "There were chances for both sides, it was a very tough game".

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