Jose Mourinho expects Harry Kane to be fit for Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal after taking a blow in the Europa League 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at Tottenham.
The English captain continued his sensational season with both goals in the round of 16 in the first leg against the Croatian team, but was sent off in the last 10 minutes and later seen on the sidelines with ice on his knee.
He seemed to be moving better at the full-time whistle and Mourinho says it would take something special to keep Kane out of a game he loves to play.
When asked if he will be fit for Sunday, Mourinho said: “I hope so, I think so. It’s a big game, only big problems keep him from being there. Let’s see how things go tomorrow but I’m sure he’ll be fine. ” “”
It was another impressive feat from Kane, who scored 26 goals for the season after adding 16 assists, and Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic called him a “master of football”.
Mourinho agreed with this assessment. He said: “He is. He is very intelligent. His football is an intelligent football.
“Some strikers score a lot and that’s the most important thing in football for a striker, which he does. Besides that, he understands every tip we give him about positioning and movement. He understands the game very well. ” .
“He can sense the rooms, look around to see where other players are and he can influence the game. He’s really a very good player.”
Kane was the difference for Spurs in a match they dominated, but they struggled to create a number of chances against a compact team that arrived in north London after eight straight wins.
He opened the scoring in the 25th minute, converting a ricochet from Erik Lamela’s shot that hit the post, then punishing some poor defenders with a clinical finish 20 minutes from time to get Spurs under control.
Mourinho was happy with the performance but says her job isn’t done before the second leg in Zagreb next week.
“It wasn’t a bad performance at all,” he said. “I think it was positive. Maybe we could play with a little more intensity. Because we had a fresh team, apart from 3-4 players, a lot of the players were really fresh, but it’s not easy to play against them either.” a physical team and a team that defends well like them.
“They defended well. When the result was 1-0 in the second half, they tried to keep that result so they still stayed in a low block and defended well.
“So it’s not easy. The result could be a bit bigger. A third goal would have come and fit into the reality of the game very well, but it is what it is.”
“It’s still open. We have to go there and play a serious game because we haven’t reached the quarter-finals yet with 2-0.”
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Mamic said his side haven’t given up hope of a comeback.
“Kane has shown us again what a master of football he is,” he said. “The second goal, the way he calmed things down and then his shot, was impossible to defend.
“There I always hope that anything is possible in football, we have to believe. You play every game to win and you can’t start a game because you think we will definitely lose. I think we will have more chances in Zagreb. “