Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is still upholding his decision to play Harry Kane in the 2019 Champions League final with the Spurs forward struggling for his fitness.
Kane was a major injury doubt in Spurs’ biggest game in their history against Liverpool and missed the last six weeks of the Premier League season with a ligament injury.
The England captain returned in time to start the final but failed to impress as Tottenham lost 2-0 to Premier League rivals.
Mauricio Pochettino does not regret launching Harry Kane in the 2019 Champions League final
Kane suffered an injury heading into the final against Liverpool but started the 2-0 defeat
But Pochettino never doubted not to start Kane in the Madrid flagship event, telling Sky Sports: “Of course if you put me in the same situation I would make the same decision again.
“You can’t doubt Harry Kane. Of course you can maybe make some changes, but Harry Kane was our main striker and was the best player in Tottenham and also in Europe and when he’s fit to play you can’t doubt.
“There was no doubt that we thought they were the best team to win the game. “
Almost 18 months later, Pochettino (above) stands by his decision as Kane was Spurs’ best forward
Kane was Tottenham’s key man this season and ended the campaign with 24 goals and six assists in 40 appearances in all competitions.
The striker has scored five times in the Champions League final race, but a serious injury in mid-April has derailed him, as well as Tottenham’s season.
He missed the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City and the two semi-final games against Ajax – with Spurs claiming a spectacular victory due to a second-half treble from Lucas Moura in Amsterdam.
Kane (above) missed the last six weeks of the league season and Spurs’ two semi-finals
This turned out to be the highlight of Pochettino’s reign in north London as he was sacked as Spurs boss six months after the final in Madrid due to a poor start to the 2019-20 campaign. .
The Argentina boss has claimed it is unfortunate that he was unable to hand over a trophy to the Tottenham community during his five and a half years with the Premier League.
Pochettino continued: “It was an amazing trip and I enjoyed it very much, we are sad that we cannot offer a trophy to the fans and the group of players.
“We missed (the chance) to win a title. It would have been the icing on the cake.