LONDON (AFP) – Harry Kane believes Tottenham are finally demonstrating the mental toughness manager Mauricio Pochettino has been demanding this season.
Pochettino questioned the resilience of his players after a recent home defeat against Newcastle, but since then Tottenham have progressed into the League Cup quarter-finals, staged a late recovery to win at Aston Villa, and on Thursday beat Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League.
Now Pochettino’s team will attempt to record a fourth successive victory when Stoke visit White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Yet while results have improved, Pochettino’s team were below their best in the nervy 2-1 victory over Asteras when they almost allowed a two-goal lead to slip.
In the end the north Londoners were grateful for Kane’s 10th goal of the season that gave them a much-needed cushion and reinforced the young striker’s growing reputation.
Kane will hope his efforts earn him a first Premier League start of the season against Stoke and the forward believes there are plenty of other positives to be drawn from Spurs’ recent upturn.
“I think we’ve got what it takes. There is steel in this team. We had a great comeback against Aston Villa in the last game and we dug deep to get the result here,” Kane said.
“You can develop a steely streak from getting results like this, because they build confidence. We all stuck together against Asteras and we can only build from that.
“When we go into our games, every player knows that everyone else has got his back covered and that we’re going to fight through.”
Tottenham head into the latest round of matches in eighth place in the Premier League and injuries could hamper their hopes of extending their recent winning run.