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.”


Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish

Updated 24 April 2019
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Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish

  • Erikssen’s long-range strike gave Spurs the win over Brighton

LONDON: After bombarding the Brighton goal without success throughout the game, Tottenham was getting frustrated.
So frustrated that, with Harry Kane’s injury depleting Tottenham’s striking options, out-of-favor Vincent Janssen was summoned from the bench for his first appearance in 20 months for the final 10 minutes.
In the end, though, it was a more familiar name that delivered the breakthrough. Christian Erikssen’s long-range strike inside the near post gave Spurs a 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday that kept his team’s bid for a Champions League spot on track.
The goal finally came in the 88th minute when the Dane was teed up by Dele Alli and squeezed the ball beyond the reach of diving goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
The goal nudged Tottenham three points clear of Chelsea in fourth Champions League qualification place. Arsenal is a further point behind in fifth place ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Wolverhampton.
By conceding a late goal, Brighton was denied a point in its bid to stay in the Premier League and remains three points ahead of Cardiff, which occupies the final relegation place.
But another of Brighton’s relegation rivals also conceded late — after scoring early.
The earliest-ever goal in a Premier League game.
Shane Long netted after 7.69 seconds for Southampton but Andre Gray leveled in the 90th minute to grab a 1-1 draw for Watford.
Southampton is three points ahead of Brighton and six clear of the drop zone with three games remaining.