Trippier claims half-time rant from Tottenham star inspired comeback win

Date published: Thursday 9th May 2019 2:05

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Injured Tottenham striker Harry Kane provided his team-mates with some inspiration at half-time of their Champions League semi-final second leg with Ajax after “going mental”.

Kane, who missed the game with an ankle injury but was in Amsterdam in a cheerleading brief, was unhappy after seeing his side go 2-0 down on the night and 3-0 down on aggregate.

He went into the dressing room at the break and said some words, according to defender Kieran Trippier.

Spurs went out after the break and completed a miraculous recovery as Lucas Moura’s hat-trick earned an away-goals victory which sets up an all-English final with Liverpool in Madrid next month.

Kane, who ran onto the pitch afterwards to join in the celebrations, is hoping to be fit for the final and Trippier hailed the talismanic striker.

“Harry is exceptional for club and country,” said Trippier. “I don’t know the timescale with his injury but obviously we’re all hoping he can be back [for the final] because of his presence.

“Even here, at half-time, he came in going mental at us, because we can do better, which we all knew.”

Kane, who was injured in the quarter-final first-leg against Manchester City last month, said: “It was a disappointing first half and we let them play.

“I went into the dressing room at half-time and we knew it wasn’t good enough.”

Tottenham, meanwhile, are reportedly targeting a summer move for a Bundesliga defender, as they eye a long-term replacement for Toby Alderweireld. Read the full story here…


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