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Mauricio Pochettino sure golden boy Harry Kane wants to stay at Spurs

Qarabag 0-1 Tottenham

By Andy Sims

Published 27/11/2015

Get in: Harry Kane is embraced by Son Heung-Min
Get in: Harry Kane is embraced by Son Heung-Min

Mauricio Pochettino declared it was "job done" after Tottenham reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League - and is confident matchwinner Harry Kane wants to remain at White Harte Lane.

The Spurs boss sprang a surprise by picking England striker Kane in a strong starting line-up against Group J minnows Qarabag in Baku, despite facing Chelsea less than 72 hours later.

But the move paid off as Kane nodded in the winner to ensure Tottenham's longest-ever journey for a competitive fixture - a 5,000-mile round trip to the capital of Azerbaijan - proved worthwhile.

"We are through to the next round and this was our objective," said Pochettino. "We will make sure we will arrive in a good condition to play Chelsea. We have a strong squad and a strong mentality, with maturity.

"It is true that we arrive not in the best condition to compete in the right way but respect to our medical staff for what they do, they will work during the flight and tomorrow we have a day off."

It was shaping up to be a frustrating evening for Spurs, with both Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli denied by the woodwork.

On the hour mark, Son unleashed a cracker from the edge of the box which clattered off the crossbar and 10 minutes later Alli's far-post volley came back off the foot of the post.

But moments later Kane made the breakthrough, after Son flicked on Christian Eriksen's corner, getting the final touch to nod the ball over the line.

With nine goals in his last six games, Kane's stunning form has led to speculation about his future in January - not least with Sunday's opponents having been linked with a move.

But Pochettino added: "I am happy that a big club want our players - this is because they show they are a top player with top performances. It is good when they are linked.

"But Harry, like Hugo Lloris, wants to stay. He is one of the best players and he is very happy. He wants to grow up with us and try the next few years to try for the top four and win titles with Tottenham. This is his challenge."

QARABAG: Sehic, Medvedev, Guseynov, Sadygov, Agolli, Garayev, Quintana, Almeida, Tagiyev (Chumbinho 65), Poepon (Armenteros 54), Ismayilov (Mammadov 80).

Subs Not Used: Veliyev, Michel, Gurbanov, Yunuszadze.

Booked: Almeida,Garayev.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Mason (Carroll 73), Alli, Eriksen (Onomah 90), Son (N'Jie 79), Kane.

Subs Not Used: Vorm, Townsend, Wimmer, Winks.

Goal: Kane 78.

Man of the match: Toby Alderweireld.

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece).

Belfast Telegraph

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