Mauricio Pochettino explains why he brought Harry Kane on v Tranmere at 6-0


Tottenham are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup in style.

Spurs travelled to Merseyside to take on League Two’s Tranmere and came away with a club-record 7-0 victory.

Mauricio Pochettino may have made several changes but he still fielded experienced players such as Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Dele Alli, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente.

And the Premier League quality certainly showed.

However, it did take 40 minutes for the north Londoners to take the lead, with Aurier scoring a spectacular goal from distance to break the deadlock.

It was only 1-0 at half-time but, after the interval, the floodgates opened.

With 15 minutes remaining in the match, Spurs were 6-0 up thanks to a Llorente hat-trick, a brace from Aurier and a Son goal.

Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur - FA Cup Third Round

But Pochettino then surprised everyone by bringing on Harry Kane with 15 minutes remaining on a freezing cold night at Prenton Park.

Risking an injury to Kane when you’re already 6-0 up against League Two opposition seemed like a baffling decision from the Argentine manager.

However, he came out after the match and explained the classy reason he wanted to give Kane some minutes.


“It was respect,” Pochettino said, per the Telegraph. “Respect the people, respect the opponent.

"They’re not going to have many chances to see Harry Kane play here in a competition like the FA Cup.

"For different reasons I decided to make a change and put Kane on the pitch but one of them is that it’s important to show respect to the people here so they could see Harry Kane, who is an icon in English football. It is difficult in that division to see it. It was important to see him in action.”


Kane didn’t appear to pick up an injury and scored within three minutes of being on the pitch, making Pochettino’s decision look a good one.

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