Mauricio Pochettino out to prove Pep Guardiola wrong as Tottenham face Man Utd

MAURICIO POCHETTINO insists Tottenham can win at Old Trafford without Harry Kane.

Posted Saturday, October 28, 2017 by

Mauricio Pochettino out to prove Pep Guardiola wrong as Tottenham face Man Utd
Harry Kane: The Tottenham star will miss the clash against Manchester United

Spurs have lost three in a row against Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams and go there today without Kane, who has a hamstring injury.

But Pochettino believes his side have more than enough firepower to trouble Jose Mourinho's men.

He said: "Can we win there without Harry Kane? Yes, of course. I always believe we can win with one or another team, with one or another player. Of course.

"Of course they are going to try to win the game. For us it is the same."

Pochettino recently had to defend Spurs from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola's dismissive suggestion that they are just "The Harry Kane team".

But the Tottenham boss insists they have nothing to prove now Kane is missing.

Fernando Llorente, a £12m signing from Swansea who has yet to score in nine games for the club, is set to start in his place.

But Pochettino insists Spurs have already proved they can cope without Kane.

He said: "Last season, when he was injured, you can see the stats, the games we played. We didn't lose without Harry or with Harry!
"I'm not happy, I'm disappointed because Harry is our main striker and one of the best strikers in the world. You're always going to miss your best striker.

"I'm not stupid. It's a problem. But we always believe in the squad. During the season, problems happen and you must trust the players."

Kane is also doubtful for next week's big Champions League clash with Real Madrid after suffering the injury against Liverpool last Sunday.

But Pochettino hinted that Kane's eagerness to battle of Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot could have contributed to his injury.

BBC Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright suggested Kane would have been upset at being substituted while he was on a hat-trick against Huddersfield.

But Pochettino said: "Some people say, if I was Harry Kane I am going to see the gaffer to complain because I am competing with Lukaku and Aguero.

"That is to put more pressure to the player. It's difficult to make everyone happy in our job.

"Then the injury happens and who suffers? The Player, the Team, us. Because we are going to miss one of our best players. I don't complain. It's our job."

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