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Spurs will be judged on Harry Kane decision after the UCL final – Mauricio Pochettino

By William Eldridge

Published: 19:41, 26 May 2019

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted the club will be judged on whether they start Harry Kane against Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The England captain has been absent from football since picking up ankle ligament damage against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals in April.

Will Kane start in the final? Five things you need to know…

  1. Harry Kane limped out of the Champions League quarter-final after a collision with Fabian Delph.
  2. The 25-year-old has been absent since but has 24 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions this season.
  3. Spurs progressed past City with second-choice striker Fernando Llorente scoring the decisive goal.
  4. Pochettino’s side produced an amazing turnaround against Ajax in the semi-finals to reach the final in June.
  5. They will face fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the first all-English final since 2008.

Speaking to reporters about whether Kane will be back to fitness in time for the Champions League final on Saturday, Pochettino revealed he and his staff are feeling positive about Kane’s chances of participating.

However, he refused to confirm whether Kane would be included in the starting eleven or start from the bench but did admit whichever decision he makes, he will be judged one way or another.

Pochettino said: “We are happy.

“Whether to start him is a point we’re thinking about a lot. It is a decision that, one way or the other, will be judged after the game. If we win: fantastic decision. If we lose: shit decision, and you are going to kill me.

“We are working that everyone will be available to play and, at the moment, Harry is on course. Harry, Dávinson, Harry Winks and Jan – the evolution today is very good. And then it’s going to be our decision to see if they will be available from the beginning.”

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Can Spurs make history?

This season’s Champions League final will be new territory for Tottenham Hotspur, who have never reached this stage of the competition.

A club who have now gone over a year since making a permanent signing, Spurs have continued to shock on the European stage, with their presence in the competition personifying this season’s exhilarating Champions League campaign.

Having Kane back would be a big bonus for Pochettino’s side, who will be coming up against an experienced Liverpool side who are still hurting from narrowly missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.

But without him, Spurs have still gone on to defeat City and Dutch Champions Ajax, showing a level of heart and courage that proves you don’t need to spend big if you have the right group of players.

Of course, if Spurs go on to win their first Champions League title – coinciding with the opening of their new stadium – this summer could be the start of something special for the Premier League side.