Harry Kane praises progress made at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino
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By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 13/01/19 5:04pm
Harry Kane has praised Mauricio Pochettino’s achievements at Tottenham but has urged his team-mates to push on and secure some silverware.
Spurs take on Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday - live on Sky Sports - with Pochettino having been linked with a move to Old Trafford as the permanent manager in the wake of Jose Mourinho's sacking.
Tottenham are 10 points ahead of United in the Premier League going into the game and moved a step closer to the Carabao Cup final after they beat London rivals Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night, with Kane scoring from the penalty spot.
Spurs could still face a battle to keep hold of Pochettino but England striker Kane feels they are on the verge of something big in north London.
"We are fully behind the manager, we love the way he works," he said.
"We've built a great team and a great unit over the last three or four years.
"It's down to us to continue that and take another step forward. We are still in all the competitions. It's about turning that into a trophy.
"He [Pochettino] has a great personality. He's a great manager, but he's a great guy off the pitch as well. He treats you like a friend, but he earns that respect from you.
"He's great to talk to, but, most importantly, he is a great coach and we all want to play for him."
Spurs go into the game at Wembley in confident mood, having won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions.
They also claimed victory in the away game with United in the league 3-0 in August.
Kane scored the opening goal at Old Trafford and he feels they no longer always go into big matches as second favourites.
"Over the last few years, we have turned that around," he added.
"We were always the ones going into these games as the underdog and now some of these games we are going into as favourites, especially at home.
"United will come and try to play with a lot of energy because they haven't played in midweek, and we have to make sure we match that.
"When we match their intensity, keep the ball and make it hard for them, that's when we can do damage."