Daniel Levy ordered meeting with Harry Kane and Tottenham players
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Harry Kane hopes clear-the-air talks at the start of the week ended the six-week period of rot which all but destroyed Tottenham’s Champions League hopes. An encouraging second-half turnaround against Manchester United on Thursday may not have been enough to keep Spurs realistically in the hunt for a top-four finish.
But Kane feels it showed that a line had been drawn under the alarming collapse that started with Antonio Conte’s astonishing blast at the players after the 3-3 draw against Southampton.
The subsequent international break saw Conte’s exit confirmed. Then after a hastily-convened meeting between chairman Daniel Levy and some of the senior players – Kane, skipper Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – his assistant Cristian Stellini followed him out of the door after the 6-1 humiliation at Newcastle to be replaced by Ryan Mason.
“The chairman asked for a meeting,” Kane said after the 2-2 draw with United. “Obviously I won’t go into what was said but I think it was important for him to understand where the players’ heads were at that moment.
“But it wasn’t just that result. It had been building up since the international break when we conceded the two goals against Southampton.
“It was an honest conversation of where everyone is at and what we need to try to do to give us the best possible chance to finish the season with something.
“We’re still fighting for fourth place but if it’s not fourth we’ll try to finish fifth or sixth. In this league, it’s so competitive, you can easily end up 8th or 9th if you’re not careful. That’s what it was — to give us the best chance. And I’m glad we reacted like that against United.”
The fans played their part in the turnaround – just days after the players had vowed to reimburse them for the frustrating trip to Newcastle.
“We know it wasn’t going to magically change their feelings or make the result any better but it was still something as a group we wanted to do to try to show we’re all together in this moment.” Kane said.
“I thought the fans were amazing against United. They really helped us in that second half and we’re going to need them until the end of the season. We know we’ve got a lot to work on and Ryan knows that but ultimately these last five games are going to be about mentality and character and more of what we showed in the second half.”
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Not least because things don’t get any easier at the weekend with a trip to Liverpool.“We spoke about these two games this week, just getting results: finding a way to win, finding a way to come away with something,” Kane said.
“Liverpool’s going to be the same. Anfield is a very tough place to go. It’s down to us to recover and show the character we did in the second half and be brave away at Anfield.”
At least at Anfield Kane won’t have to put up with the opposition fans chanting “We’ll see you in June” in response to transfer speculation linking him with a move from White Hart Lane.“I heard what they were saying but I’m just focussed on this team and trying to finish strongly,” Kane concluded diplomatically.
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