Mauricio Pochettino was a relieved man as Tottenham kept their slim Champions League hopes alive with a 2-1 win over PSV at Wembley.
Pochettino’s men got off to the worst possible start as PSV skipper Luuk de Jong powered in a header after 62 seconds.
Spurs almost levelled shortly afterwards through Dele Alli’s flick, while Christian Eriksen and Alli were denied by a double save from Jeroen Zoet in the 28th minute.
The home side huffed and puffed without creating too many opportunities until Kane fired in substitute Fernando Llorente’s knock-down.
England striker Kane won it for Tottenham when his weak header deflected off two defenders on its way past Zoet with a minute of normal time remaining.
Afterwards Pochettino told BT Sport: “It was a tough game. We played very good and created a lot of chances. We took a risk in the second half.
“The team deserved the victory. We won and suffered a lot. It was a massive effort so I was pleased. We play a lot in eight days. Now we need to try to recover for Saturday [at Crystal Palace].
“It is another must-win game. We are confident. This team is growing up. The team is fighting so I am so happy.
“We tried to fight. We have the character of never giving up which is so important. I am happy always with the situation. Today we kept pushing and that victory is so important.”
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