Harry Kane says Premier League win over Southampton was a 'massive statement'

Pablo Tucker
October 4, 2019

Spurs, up to fifth in the Premier League table, battled for an hour with 10 men after Serge Aurier's red card, bouncing back from a glaring error from Hugo Lloris to hang on to a vital three points, with Kane scoring the victor.

Six minutes before the break, Danny Ings drew Southampton level, though the goal was more to do with a Hugo Lloris howler, the World Cup victor failing to clear the ball under pressure from the Saints striker who took his reward. Tottenham could have been behind but for a fine save by Lloris to turn Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's effort behind.

"In some games we struggle to show that, but we have an awesome squad, and fantastic players".

The visit of Bayern is likely to prove an even trickier challenge, but Pochettino was keen to remind Spurs' detractors they lost their first two Champions League games last season and went on to reach the final.

"We started well and scored but the sending off changed the atmosphere and the emotions".

"Don't blame Hugo, blame me, I demand him to play in this way", Pochettino said. "We have unbelievable players, only we needed to recover the spirit that we showed today".

Running around with 10 men for more than 60 minutes was not so timely, but Kane says tiredness will not be an issue on Tuesday night.

"This was a massive statement to the fans and the club to show how much the players want to fight for this club", the England global captain said after Saturday's win. We keep going, working together.

"I am happy, so happy because of the players, because of the fans and the staff because they deserve to be in a different situation to the one we've been living in in the past few weeks for sure". I am always in the same way.

"I'm proud. I was so happy for them, my players, my squad". It's all about balance.

"We have the character. We have wonderful players and we have had a hard period, but this is still a great team".

It came just minutes after Serge Aurier was shown a second yellow card, prompting an angry response from supporters.

The manner of the win feels like a landmark moment after Pochettino had complained about a lack of unity in his squad after a turbulent summer where several players either wanted to leave or thought they were leaving.

"Especially being at home, we have got to take advantage of that, it will be a great atmosphere".

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