Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino delighted with Harry Kane in Tottenham's win over Arsenal
Last Updated: 08/02/15 8:48am
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed match-winner Harry Kane's performance in their north London derby victory over Arsenal.
The striker scored both second half goals as Tottenham fought back from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 and move in to the Champions League qualificaition positions.
Kane now has 22 goals in all competitions in an impressive breakthrough season, with Pochettino delighted with how his side secured their third league win in a row.
"The players have worked a lot on the training ground and they really deserve this," the Spurs boss said. "We worked so hard as a team and the atmosphere with our supporters was brilliant.
"This is special because it was a derby and all that it means, to get three points against Arsenal for our supporters and our players too.
"We played with our brain, showed passion and emotion, this is what is important to me to recognise this energy."
Kane's man-of-the-match display came on a day where England boss Roy Hodgson was watching at White Hart Lane, with speculation growing about a possible future international call-up.
The England Under-21 striker has yet to feature for the senior side, although Pochettino believes Kane still may not yet have reached his best.
"Harry showed today that he is a great player, with a great performance, but my idea is that he can improve still and we need to push him to develop his potential, because his potential is massive. But it was a fantastic performance today.
"It is true that Harry is in a fantastic moment, and we have to congratulate him. If the England manager thinks he should play on the national team, then I am happy."
Losing manager Arsene Wenger was also impressed with Kane's display, telling reporters: "He was good as always. He grows and he has a good determination. He doesn't stop, he keeps going."
In the race
While Tottenham are now in the ascendency in the hunt for a top four finish after their victory over Arsenal, Pochettino isn't getting carried away with his side's league position.
"I never look at the table because sometimes you can be confused afterwards (later)," the Argentine added.
"Our objective is to finish the season as high up as possible, but we need to go step-by-step, to keep working hard and to fight, this is our challenge."