Poch on Kane: Humility is key

Mauricio Pochettino has praised Harry Kane’s recent performances, highlighting the striker’s hunger and humility, two traits he believes are crucial to success.

Kane bagged consecutive braces in his last two outings for Tottenham, the first against Everton in the London club’s 3-0 Premier League win last Saturday and the second against Borussia Dortmund in their first Champions League match of the season on Thursday.

“It’s always about the same thing: The player must show hunger and never lose their hunger,” Pochettino told reporters when discussing his star player’s recent showings. 

“We have a lot of good examples: Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, or players like Harry Kane, who is 23.

“Today I showed the team the first goal that he scored at 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund, how he fought with two defensive players and then how he scored. I think because only he is so fit he can do this.

“He is so hungry to score and help the team. That is the most important thing today. It is our responsibility to translate and inspire them to not lose their hunger. It is true they are involved now in a big business but first of all the biggest issue is to be focused in football and try to do better every day.

“He’s so young still, he’s very mature but it is a very good example to use for everyone,” Pochettino continued. “I think he’s one of the strongest mentally of the players because he’s Harry Kane and he wants to increase everything and improve every day. He’s so humble to help us and for everyone.”

“It is key to be humble. OK, everyone has their arrogance and their egos in a small percentage as that is important to survive, but when their ego is big it is not a good balance and you start to suffer.”