A comprehensive 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday in which Harry Kane scored his 100th and 101st Spurs goals has left Mauricio Pochettino full of praise for the young English striker who he compared to his international team mate, Gabriel Batistuta.
After enduring another unproductive August in which the striker failed to find the back of the net, former Argentine international and Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino agreed that Kane could compare with Batistuta on mental strength. “On the mental level yes, absolutely,” Poch said.
“Maybe different characteristics but I think he is in that level, with Batistuta, I would put Harry Kane in with Batistuta. Yes, Batistuta was a killer and had very strong mentality, very strong shot, great professional, I think yes, you can compare.
“But for me, I put Batistuta there (raises hand above the other) and Harry (just below), but Harry can be better (than him). He is a killer, Harry Kane, look at the goals he has scored the last year. Batistuta scored goals like Harry scored today; when you are a killer as a striker I think you need some luck too like today,” Pochettino said while talking about Kane’s audacious strike at Everton to open his account for the season.
Spurs welcome Borrussia Dortmund to kick start their Champions League campaign this season and Kane believes they have to compete with the best, to be the best.
“We have got to test ourselves against these teams. If you want to be one of the top teams in Europe, you have to see where you are,” he said.
“We have to go and perform. We have to prove that we are at that level. We are not there yet. We didn’t do great last year.
“If we can get through this group, it would be a big statement for the club. Real Madrid and Dortmund are two of the biggest clubs in Europe.
“That has to be the aim – get through the group and we will go from there,” he added.