Tottenham's Harry Kane judged in an extreme way, says Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham have struggled in the Champions League so far

With Tottenham and Manchester United up next for Palace, on top of meetings with Man City and Chelsea in December, Hodgson needs his side to turn their so-called promising displays into all three points if they are to avoid dropping below the dotted line.

Spurs won their latest Premier League contest on Saturday when they beat the Wolves 3-2 and are riding the momentum of a come-from-behind win over PSV in the Champions League that kept their hopes at advancing alive.

He's been directly involved in five goals in 13 games so far this campaign, but those numbers should shoot up when he is back to his best.

Mauricio Pochettino has described Harry Kane as an "assassin" in front of goal, as he reflected on the striker's enduring finishing excellence and the tendency of English football fans to lurch from one extreme to the other in their analysis of England players. Now after six years here I understand a little bit.

Pochettino feels Kane's fixation with scoring goals has sometimes inhibited him, but he believes the 25-year-old is improving in that area. If Harry was Italian and playing for the Italian side, he would be a bit more protected because the Italian people are more protective of their players.

Pochettino also compared the English style of gameplay with Italian style while saying "If Harry Kane is Italian and playing for the Italian side he will be a bit more protected because the Italian people are more protective of their players", and added "It is hard to push but when they are there they try to keep up there".

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On Thursday, the Argentinian said he had no interest in the Real job and also attempted to dispel the notion that he was unhappy about the delay in the completion of Spurs' new stadium.

'He always in practice in everything he wants to kill the keeper, everything.

"It's similar in Spain".

'He wants to score, he is so determined to score goals.

"That's why when he doesn't score, he's so obsessed with scoring that sometimes it's against him, because sometimes you need more freedom, not to be obsessed". "If you are not ready I'll take your place". Then they are going to move to the national team I think. If you didn't score no. you are criticised.

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