Mauricio Pochettino defends Harry Kane decision


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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he has no regrets after starting striker Harry Kane during the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

The England international was given the nod ahead of Lucas Moura, despite the fact the Brazilian scored a hat-trick during the semi-finals against Ajax.

Kane recovered from an ankle ligament injury in order to start but he failed to shine during the 90 minutes in Madrid.

Spurs were left heartbroken after goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi ensured Liverpool won their sixth European Cup.

Despite watching Kane have just one shot all night, Pochettino says the forward deserved to start the contest on what was a huge night for the club.

He told reporters: “This wasn’t a drama, it was a decision. For me Harry Kane, after one month and a half, he finished the game fresh. He didn’t score but my decision I promise was very analytical, with all the information. I have no regrets.

“I think it’s not a moment now to talk too much, because you can interpret things in a different way. People want to compare me to different managers, but we are in different positions and a different place. Our ambition is amazing – the club played in its first Champions League final.

“Now it is about being calm. I am sure we are going to have time to talk.” Pochettino will be hoping to strengthen his squad in the summer after failing to do so in the last two transfer windows.

Spurs’ title challenge faded away as they finished fourth last season and they are priced at 15.00 to get their hands on the Premier League trophy in 2020.

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