Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti wary of out-of-form Harry Kane ahead of Champions League clash

Harry Kane may have won the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup, but has looked tired since returning to domestic duty with Spurs. (AFP)
Updated 17 September 2018
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Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti wary of out-of-form Harry Kane ahead of Champions League clash

  • Inter boss fears England striker as San Siro side return to Champions League for first time in seven years.
  • Kane has struggled for form so far this season.

LONDON: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti believes Harry Kane will be the man to watch but hopes the enthusiasm of returning to “the Disneyland of football” will spur on his Italian side in Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Tottenham.
Against the backdrop of a disastrous start to their domestic campaign, Inter host the English club at a sold-out San Siro in what is their first Champions League match since the 2011-2012 season.
Both teams are coming off weekend league defeats — Inter losing 1-0 to Parma in Milan and Tottenham falling 2-1 at home to Liverpool.
“Harry Kane tired? I don’t agree, we have seen Tottenham matches and we have seen him working in any situation. Tottenham rely a lot on this player,” Spalletti said.
The Inter coach believes the game could be a “turning point” for his side, who have just four points from four games in Serie A.
“The Champions League is the amusement park of football, the Disneyland of football. It’s a beautiful and fun world.
“These games are worth so much in terms of enthusiasm and conviction. I think that with the period we’re going through this is the game we needed.
“It’s one of those matches and one of those competitions you wouldn’t swap for anything,” added Spalletti.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience them several times, there are incredible emotions and if you’ve been there you can’t do without it.
“The previous times I entered a world that’s particularly beautiful and entertaining, you can hear the music from inside the dressing room.”
Inter Milan snatched Italy’s final Champions League berth at the death last season by finishing fourth in Serie A.
“The effort we put in last year to play in this competition is a motivation that can overcome any lack of experience or fear,” continued Spalletti.
“We cannot feel any pressure or be intimidated by the English players’ greater experience. Rather, I believe that this match is the chance to kick into gear.”
Slovakian international defender Milan Skriniar added: “I’ve never played in the Champions League and I can’t wait.
“Doing well against Tottenham can put everything right, it can be the turning point.
“The danger man? As a defender I’d say Kane, he’s someone who even if you don’t see him for 20 minutes, he can score with his first chance.
“I played against him in the national team and we lost,” said Skriniar. “We need to be ready for him, but also the other players too.”


Brazil legend Ronaldo attends Arab Club Champions cup final in Al-Ain

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Brazil legend Ronaldo attends Arab Club Champions cup final in Al-Ain

  • The match featured Saudi side Al-Hilal and Etoile Sahel from Tunisia
  • Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid player photographed with Abu Dhabi crown prince

AL-AIN, UAE: Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo was a special guest at the final of the Arab Club Champions Cup, which was held at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.
The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid player was photographed with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Saudi Arabia’s Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority.
The match — featuring Saudi side Al-Hilal and Etoile Sahel from Tunisia — was won 2-1 by the Tunisian team, whose Mohamed Methnani scored an injury time winner to take home the trophy for his side.
The tournament is organized by the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) and is contested by elite clubs from the Arab world, including 20 from the Asian Football Confederation and 20 from the Confederation of African Football.
Earlier this week, it was announced by Al-Sheikh that the 2020 edition of the tournament would be named after King Mohamed VI of Morocco.
“I am honored as the President of the Arab Football Federation (to announce) that the second edition of the Arab Champions Cup will bear a name dear to all Arabs, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God protect him, who honored us with his approval,” Al-Sheikh posted on Tuesday on his official Facebook page.