Kane admits he was not expecting to come on before scoring hat-trick

Harry Kane says he was not expecting to come on before scoring a second half hat-trick in Tottenham’s win over Mura as Nuno Espirito Santo admits his team ‘needed the energy’

  • Harry Kane said he was not expecting to come off the bench in Thursday’s win 
  • Kane was left out of the starting XI along with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura 
  • The striker was introduced in the 59th minute and went on to score a hat-trick
  • Nuno Espirito Santo admitted they needed the England captain’s energy 

Harry Kane admitted he had not been expecting to come off the bench before scoring a second half hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-1 victory over Mura.

The striker, along with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, was left out of the starting XI for the UEFA Conference League group match as Nuno Espirito Santo named a second string team. 

Goals from Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso put Spurs 2-0 up at half-time but an early second half goal from Mura’s Ziga Cous meant Nuno was forced to send on his big hitters to see the game out.

Harry Kane admitted he had not been expecting to come off the bench before scoring a second half hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-1 victory over Mura

And Kane more than finished the job with three goals in the space of 20 minutes.  

‘Every striker wants to score goals,’ Kane told BT Sport.

‘I probably wasn’t expecting to come on today but it’s nice to get the minutes.

‘Whenever you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hopefully we can take it into the weekend.

‘It was nice to come off the bench and score a few goals.’ 

Kane came on in the 59th minute and went on to score three goals in the space of 20 minutes

Nuno admitted his team needed the energy of Kane, Son and Moura after a shaky start to the second half. 

‘I think the game needed. In the best way, the best way was to have the players on the pitch and they brought the energy the team needed definitely in that moment.

‘The team needed the energy and it was good. It was good for the team and good for everybody. Today was important to perform the way we did. A good result and this way we recover better and prepare for the next one better. A lot of positives.’

On Kane gaining confidence from his hat-trick, the Portuguese added: ‘It is important for everybody, I always insist.

‘The more important thing is that we have all the players in the best they can be.

Nuno Espirito Santo said his team needed Kane’s energy after a shaky start to the second half

‘All the squad today was important for players that didn’t have too many chances, they played 90 minutes. For the future it is important to prepare what is in front of us so all the squad is needed.

‘I back all the players, all the players have my total support. All of them.

‘We have to support them and help them find the level that I believe they have, which is talent, quality. If we have all the players in the best we can have a good squad and team.’




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