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
"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."