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Spurs Boss Defends Kane’s Sluggish Start

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is still searching for his first goal of the new Premier League season. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino subbed him off after 64 minutes against Stoke on Saturday, and the team dropped a two-goal lead.

Spurs played well in the opening stages against Stoke and had what looked to be a comfortable 2-0 lead, after goals by Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli in the first half, when Kane left the field. Kane didn’t have the best of games as he’s yet to find the back of the net. After scoring 21 league goals last season, expectations are high on the 22-year-old England international.

Although Kane didn’t score, he did a decent job off the ball and defenders still needs to pay extra attention to him. Pochettino said that he wanted to protect Kane as that’s why he was subbed off.

“He was tired. He came later into pre-season but this is normal,” Pochettino told the Evening Standard. “He needs time. Last season we spoke a lot about Harry Kane and the consequence you can see now.”

Kane had a good opportunity to make it 3-0, but missed from close range.

“I think maybe it [Kane’s opportunity] was the key but we need to be more consistent in our defensive work,” Pochettino said. “I think 2-0 at home we need to manage it better.”

Stoke came back after goals by Marko Arnautovic and Mame Biram Diouf late in the second half. Arnautovic made it 2-1 from the penalty spot in the 78th minute and five minute later Diouf tied the game with a header from inside the box after a perfect ball by Stephen Ireland.

Tottenham will travel to Leicester next Saturday for a game against the Foxes.

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