Kane admits current period at Tottenham the toughest

Striker Harry Kane is at a loss to explain Tottenham's struggles, while Mauricio Pochettino believes that his team is struggling from raised expectations.

Harry Kane, however, also dismissed rumours Tottenham's players are fatigued after being overworked by manager Mauricio Pochettino.     -  Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur has had a poor start to this season and striker Harry Kane acknowledged he is experiencing his toughest period at Tottenham. However, he believes that team will get out of its slump.

Spurs was held to a disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw by Watford on Saturday, leaving Mauricio Pochettino's side without a win in three matches in all competitions.

It is seventh in the Premier League and goes into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade third in Group B after picking up just one point from its first two games.

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Kane is at a loss to explain the club's poor run of form but believes it is only one positive result away from turning their season around.

"It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's wrong," the England international told a media conference. "Sometimes when you're having a run of form like this, things don't always go your way in games.

"It's about sticking together and if we win tomorrow night that can kick-start us.

"It's probably the toughest time since I've been here. It’s just another challenge, though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them.

"We went through an experience in the last Champions League campaign where we had less points than we do now. We know about the effort it takes to get through a Champions League group. We have to believe and fight for everything together."

 

Kane also dismissed rumours Tottenham's players are fatigued after being overworked by Pochettino.  

"There’s going to be speculation when things aren't going well, when you're not winning games," he added. "People will look from the outside for excuses. From our point of view, we work hard every day.

"We have worked hard since the manager came here to improve as players and as a team; that hasn't changed."

-Tottenham suffering from raised expectations, says defiant Pochettino-

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club's situation looks worse due to heightened expectations after last year's run to the Champions League final.

Pochettino oversaw a stunning campaign in Europe last time out, with his side ultimately succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to domestic rivals Liverpool in Madrid.

The club suffered a 7-2 Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich earlier this month.

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"The expectation changed after the Champions League final and that is why the situation looks worse," he told a media conference ahead of Spurs' Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

"The most important thing is to build our confidence again. When all the circumstances are against you, you need to be strong and work harder because you need to expend more energy.

"I am talking to the players collectively and individually. For many of our players this is the first time they've been in a tough period.

 

"For 99 per cent of our players they were in a very good period for the past five years. It's a very new thing for them.

"Every game is important. It's important to win tomorrow to be in a good position in the table. In this type of period our worst opponent is ourselves and we need to build our confidence."

Pochettino added he is not surprised at rumours over his future, suggesting past success counts for little in football.

"That’s football; I’m not surprised," he said. "In the same way they praise you, football is all about winning. What happened yesterday is gone."

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