Kane has no reason to leave Tottenham, insists Pochettino
19 May, 2017, 22:55
Third last season despite being Leicester's closest challengers for most of the campaign - or, as the home fans enjoyed chanting in the opening stages, "third in a two-horse race" - Spurs have gone one better this time.
Pochettino said: "If we are capable in the last two games of winning one, we will have a better (points total) than Leicester last season".
"Obviously a lot of top teams, the top six as we look at now, are all going to be fighting for that title again and it's been quite an achievement this year to finish second, but we've got to go one better next year.We've got to believe".
Already assured of second-place in the league table, the Lilywhites could have been forgiven for taking it easy but against last season's champions, they turned on the style in the final 30 minutes. How many would he have gotten without those setbacks - and, the more tantalizing question, would the title race still be on if Kane hadn't missed time through injury? "It was hard because we conceded the goal but the team tried to keep going and I think we fully deserved it".
"We're building a very exciting project".
"For them it was the first time for all the players to share the Champions League, the Premier League and the cups".
Pochettino joined Tottenham from Southampton in 2014 and has since led the club to third and an all but confirmed second-placed finish in the Premier League.
The England worldwide is in line to collect his second Golden Boot in a row and is only the fifth player since the Premier League began to score 25 or more goals in successive seasons, following in the footsteps of Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Robin van Persie. "I just wanted to get one or two tonight to take it to the final game but to score the extra two at the end made it the ideal night".
Straight from kick off it was clear that both sides were up for the game as they pressed each other with the home side testing Hugo Lloris on two occasions early on.
"I don't know, you'll have to ask the owners about that", he said. The striker's poaching skills came to the fore as he converted a header from two yards out after Victor Wanyama pulled the ball across the face of goal. The only player to score more than three hat-tricks in a single Premier League season was Alan Shearer (five) in 1995-96.
"When we play free-flowing football like that, some of the play around the box in the first half...every man was on their game and it's fantastic to see", said Kane.
His first goal moved him past Cha Bum-Kun to become the highest-scoring South Korean player in a European season.