Antonio Conte dismisses fears about Harry Kane’s health heading into the World Cup regardless of beginning 13 straight matches since final worldwide break… as Tottenham boss backs the striker to have an ‘superb match’ in Qatar
A nation would have held its collective breath had it seen Harry Kane flip in the direction of the nook flag, operating down the clock because the dervishes of Leeds whirled round, hurtling into tackles in a race in opposition to time.
It had been an exciting contest in north London. Full-throttle dedication from gamers sure for the World Cup within the coming days and forgive if in the back of their minds they harbored considerations concerning the prospect of damage.
None extra so than Kane. English hopes hinge on his type and health, and Antonio Conte turned up the jeopardy when he revealed after the defeat at Nottingham Forest within the Carabao Cup on Wednesday that his star striker was on the point of exhaustion.
Harry Kane and Rodrigo Bentancur starred in Tottenham’s win in opposition to Leeds on Saturday
Nonetheless, Kane performed one other 90 minutes in opposition to Leeds, his thirteenth begin for Spurs in 43 days for the reason that final worldwide break. I’ve scored. I am impressed. He held up the ball and absorbed the contact in a bruising sport.
His purpose actually must have been dominated out for a foul by Clement Lenglet, and the match-winning heroics have been left to Rodrigo Bentancur, who scored twice in two minutes to flip the consequence on its head, however everybody emerged comparatively unscathed, together with the England captain.
No ankletwist. No metatarsal fears. Kane’s pursuit of home data is paused on 195 Premier League objectives. He’s solely 5 off the Tottenham report of 266 held for greater than half a century by Jimmy Greaves.
Now he turns consideration in the direction of the World Cup, two behind Wayne Rooney’s England report of 53 objectives. ‘I see in his eyes the will to be a protagonist in the most effective competitors on the earth, within the World Cup,’ mentioned Conte. ‘I do know he desires to play a tremendous match.’
Quietly, Kane is having a wonderful season. His 12 objectives have been eclipsed by Erling Haaland’s 18, and by the talk about Tottenham’s type of taking part in below Conte, and a run of disappointing outcomes.
Kane has performed a excessive variety of minutes for Tottenham already this season
Conte is just not involved by his health, although, and thinks he’ll do properly on the World Cup
The Spurs boss, nonetheless, claims to have made Kane mentally stronger and maybe has a case as a result of his group have acquired a steely willpower, illustrated of their refusal to surrender on Saturday.
Crysencio Summerville fired Leeds forward within the tenth minute and Rodrigo scored twice, however Jesse Marsch’s aspect are so extensive open on the again, they encourage opponents to maintain going. Kane and Ben Davies leveled twice earlier than Bentancur’s double.
‘He is top-class,’ mentioned Davies of the Uruguay midfielder, who has scored 4 important objectives in his final six appearances. ‘He is actually put in glorious performances, carries the ball, breaks the play up and added objectives to his sport as properly.
‘There is a sense of togetherness that we got here again from a tricky place greater than as soon as. The powerful ones deliver you collectively and we’re sticking collectively.
‘Going behind is just not what we need to be doing however we confirmed loads of character. We discovered a strategy to win and it was actually vital. We have been determined to complete on a excessive. We are going to regather after the World Cup and press on.’
Conte has mentioned he’s proud of Tottenham’s season to this point after coping with some setbacks
Spurs will return at Christmas in contact with the main pack regardless of their issues, together with the sudden loss of life final month of Conte’s health coach Gian Piero Ventrone.
‘This case affected us loads emotionally as a result of Gian Piero had a unbelievable relationship with many gamers,’ mentioned the Italian supervisor.
‘For that reason, I am going to relaxation comfortable. Comfortable for what I’ve seen on this powerful interval.’
Leeds will reassemble with one other battle on their arms to protect their top-flight future. ‘We’re group,’ insisted Marsch. ‘Bettering and discovering methods to be good for extra stretches in matches, however when we’ve got lapses we’re susceptible. Popping out of the break, we will probably be engaged on discovering methods to win matches.’
Tottenham (3-4-3): cry 6; Dier 5.5, Lenglet 6 (Sanchez, 57min, 5), Davies 6.5; Royal 5.5 (Doherty 57, 6), Hojbjerg 7, Bentancur 8, Perisic 6.5; Kulusevski 8.5 (Moura 89), Kane 7, Richarlison 6.5 (Bissouma 68, 6).
Scorers: Kane 25, Davies 51, Bentancur 81, 83.
Supervisor: Antonio Conte 6.5.
Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Meslier 6; Kristensen 6.5 (Joseph 89), Koch 6, Cooper 6, Struijk 6; Adams 6, Rock 6.5 (Ayling 79); Gnonto 7 (Greenwood 46, 6), Aaronson 7, Summerville 7.5; Rodrigo 8 (Gelhardt 89).
Scorers: Summerville 10, Rodrigo 43, 76.
Booked: Rock, Adams.
Despatched off: Adams 87.
Supervisor: Jesse March 6.5.
Referee: michael salisbury 6.