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Spurs face Kop test after Red Star rout

Striker Kane looks ahead to ‘tough game’ at Anfield against the Premier League leaders

24 October, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

SPURS swatted aside Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night and moved up to second place in their Champions League group after three games – and skipper Harry Kane said the European stroll could kickstart the club’s stuttering season.

The England striker bagged two goals and played a creator’s role as teammates Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela also got on the scoresheet.

Afterwards Kane told fans that it was the perfect tonic to a terrible start to their campaign that had garnered just three wins.

“The performance was great – five goals and a clean sheet, and a lot of energy. It was the perfect response to a tough time,” said Kane.

But he warned that Tottenham now have to reach similar heights to get anything from a trip to unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

He added: “It doesn’t stop here. It was a game we were expected to win.

“Now we have got a very tough game on Sunday so I hope we can take momentum into that.

“In any top game in any top competition there are fine margins between winning and losing and we probably haven’t got the rub of the green this season for one reason or another. But that’s part of the game and we have to overcome that.

“Performances like this definitely help, but it’s about the next one now and hopefully we can get another win and build a bit of momentum.”

Boss Mauricio Pochettino said he believed a poor pre-season, combined with a series of potential player sales not being finalised, had disrupted his squad and been responsible for the poor start.

“My theory is that we started late in our preparation,” he said.

“Always you use pre-season to settle the principles of the team, tactics and physicality and the dynamic of the group. We started so late, and during the competition it’s so difficult and so tough when you need to create that dynamic.”

“Of course now is a tough situation,” Pochettino added.

“We are a club and that commitment that we showed in the past, we are now showing. I need to work every day 200 per cent to try to provide the result fans expect.”

Spurs have won just three of their nine Premier League matches this season.

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