June 23, 2021

Lloris and Mourinho marvel at Kane’s Europa League brace – ‘He attracts the ball!’

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Led by their star striker, Spurs have now scored in seven straight matches in a stark turn of fortunes

Tottenham were lifted by Harry Kane’s brace in their 2-0 Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, with Hugo Lloris saying the talisman’s instincts around the box were representative of a magnetic connection with the ball.

Both of Kane’s first-leg goals came after he seized possession from an odd bounce – he swept in an Erik Lamela shot that had clattered the post and later pounced on a botched clearance attempt.

The 27-year-old experienced knee discomfort toward the end of proceedings, but manager Jose Mourinho later dismissed the problem as “not anything serious”.

What has Lloris said?

“He is just enjoying his football,” Lloris said of Kane to BT Sport. “As we can see he attracts the ball. Lamela made an amazing job [open things up for] the first goal and Harry was there at the right time to score. His second gives some relief to the team before the second leg.

“We had some ups and downs in the season but we come into an important period now and it is good to feel the players are ready to help the team. If we work well as a team we will give our talent more power to make the difference.”

What has Mourinho said?

“[Kane] is doing everything,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “He is doing the striker job of scoring goals, the teamwork of creating space and linking play and the extra work not many strikers do in defence.

“He helps us a lot. He has an incredible number of clearances from crosses and corners. We couldn’t be happier.

“[The knee issue] I don’t believe is anything big. Sunday is a match everyone wants to play and little things will not stop him. I don’t have the feeling it is not anything serious.”

Bigger picture

Tottenham will bring a resurgent attack into this weekend’s derby with Arsenal, and their comfortable Europa League victory will maintain confidence while lowering anxieties a notch for the ensuing second leg of the last-16 on March 18.

Mourinho was able to use Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura off the bench against Zagreb, preserving their energy for fixtures ahead.

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