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Kane: Pochettino can be ruthless to lazy players

2017-02-08 15:49
Mauricio Pochettino (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has revealed that manager Mauricio Pochettino can be ruthless when players don't work hard for the team.

Kane believes Pochettino's treatment of the Spurs players is strict but fair, stating that if they respect him and put in the effort required of them, the manager is a pleasure to work with.

"A lot of the time he's calm, but he's very passionate. If he feels the problem isn't the game but is about our attitude, he'll tell us we need to work harder or play harder," Kane told ESPN FC.

"He's emotional. And that's what we want - we all feel the same. We all want to win, we've all got the same goal.

"He's got two sides to him. He's very respectful - if you respect him, he'll show you respect back. If you work hard for him, he'll give you his time. But he's ruthless if you cross him. If you don't want to work for him and you don't want to be a team player, you won't be part of the team."

The 23-year-old went on to praise the work the manager has done at the club, adding: "You can see how well we've progressed. We're one of the best teams in the league. Before [Pochettino arrived] we were playing for Champions League places, whereas now we're trying to win the title.

"He brought some players in, he brought a few of us up from the youth team and he got the balance spot on. We've got a very young team, a very strong team, we're hungry and we want to win. Hopefully we can go on and win some titles and trophies."

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