Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not concerned by Harry Kane’s goalless start to the season ahead of Tottenham’s Capital One Cup tie against Arsenal.
Spurs took four points from Arsenal last season, with a Harry Kane brace seeing Pochettino‘s side to a 2-1 victory in the meeting at White Hart Lane.
Kane has yet to score a club goal this season, but Pochettino is unconcerned and believes that win in February helped him establish the philosophy he has be instilling since taking over at the club.
“No, no, I’m not concerned,” he replied when asked about Kane’s barren spell.
“I think it is coming, he will score again. As a striker you always need to score, he works hard for the team and I’m sure the goal is coming.
“It’s an important game and last season it was important to win this game. The derby. For the players, for the belief in the philosophy, it’s a very important game.
“It’s more than only go to the next round of the Capital One Cup, or three points in the league, it has a massive effect.”
Pochettino is set to make several changes against Arsenal, although he said on Tuesday he had not yet finalised his side.
“We have a squad that is full of important players,” Pochettino said. “But we have some injuries and we will rotate the team in our different games.
“The key is you need to translate the confidence in your squad and I trust my squad.
“The players that can play tomorrow I have no doubts will do best their best for the team.
“You will see that the players who started against Man Utd (on first day of Premier League season) compared to the team against Crystal Palace.
“Sometimes you believe a match is not our priority when we have selected the team. But always you need to show respect in your squad.
“Whether you play in the Premier League or the Europa League or the FA Cup, we have enough quality players to play in different competitions.
“In every competition, it’s our priority to win every game. We have three games in one week, a lot of tough games. I have not taken a decision yet for the starting XI.”
Spurs reached the final of the Capital One Cup last season, losing 2-0 to Chelsea, and Pochettino explained why he made his players stay on the Wembley pitch to watch Chelsea lift the trophy.
“It is important to show respect,” he said.
“To feel when you lose that it is a good lesson to stay and only see the trophy and you have the possibility 90 minutes before to take the trophy.
“You can always learn from the defeat and this is the feeling you don’t want to repeat again. It is a good lesson for us.
“I think it was a very good experience for us. It’s true that the feeling was good before the game and during the game, but at the end was bad. When you lose, that’s the normal feeling. It was a good thing, because you need to learn.
“When you start to be involved in the competition it is important to feel the [same] feeling that you feel in the final. To stay very focused, and very motivated, because they are important games.
“It’s very important to win the game because it’s a special game. You know, you beat Arsenal and it’s a big impact for us.”