How Harry Kane sunk the Champions
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Spurs player Harry Kane celebrates after scoring the third Tottenham goal which is later disallowed during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on February 19, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

On Saturday evening, Harry Kane caught the praise from thousands of journalists and fans.

His stunning solo performance against Manchester City catapulted Tottenham Hotspur towards victory against the Champions.

There were no more superlatives to describe the performance from the Spurs striker. It ranked amongst the greatest individual performances in Premier League history alongside the likes of Luis Suarez against Norwich City back in 2013.

  • An unorthodox striking performance 

It wasn't a traditional finishing performance from the England captain. The 28 year-old had just 3 touches in the box, despite scoring 2 goals. 

Kane's work began slightly deeper with it working superbly well in the first half. Twice early on, Kane found Emerson Royal with a sweeping ball across the pitch, eventually leading to no threat.

However, it was in the 5th minute when Kane utilised his passing skills most effectively. Shown below, h3 comes close for the ball from Ben Davies

Screenshot from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUOu12oGDZI
Screenshot from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUOu12oGDZI

This drags Aymeric Laporte out of position, allowing him to perfectly sweep the ball through the defence. Ruben Dias tried to catch Heung Min Son offside whilst Kyle Walker failed to track the run from the South Korean.

This allowed Son to race one on one with Ederson

It was a selfless act from the previous Puskas winner who squared it to Dejan Kulusveski, allowing him to score his first goal for the North London side.

It was calamitous defending from the champions who struggled to cope with this continuously from Kane.

According to the Telegraph, this led to a dressing room inquest from the Mancunians to try and work out how the England captain took control of the game so easily.

Screenshot from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUOu12oGDZI
Screenshot from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUOu12oGDZI

For the 2nd goal, shown above, Kane starts the move by attempting a sweeping lofted ball from the right flank. Although this is intercepted from the Portuguese defender, Spurs regain possession.

Eventually, the ball is crossed in by Son, allowing a late-running Kane to finish it into the net. The England captain rounded the move brilliantly, gently touching the ball towards goal, right in front of the jubilant away fans. 

It was another example of the Citizens defence not knowing how to cope with the intelligence and capabilities from Kane. This performance was already special, but the striker showed even later on.

  • Showing his traditional qualities

With Man City equalising at the start of stoppage time, most fans thought any chance of a Spurs win was gone.

All game, Kane had shown his qualities by dropping deep and causing chaos, but at the death, his natural striking ability stunned the Etihad.

In the 95th minute, Swedish youngster Kulusevski floated in a perfect ball. Acting like a predator, Kane rises highest beating his former teammate, Walker, in the air. 

His header sent the travelling supporters into raptures with his stunning display. His final goal showed why he can be the most well-rounded striker in the world.

All game, the England captain had terrorised the reigning Champion's defence by dropping deeper. Yet, with the flick of a switch, Kane turned into a natural goalscorer to give the N17 club all three points.

The performance from Tottenham was a superb team effort. The desire and effort was shown on the pitch, but also on the touchline via Antonio Conte.

However, if it were not for the performance from their world-class striker, then Spurs would have had little hope. Every team move started (and mostly finished) through the Englishman. 

Everyone knows how good he can be, after the game Heung Min Son stated that:

"He's an unbelievable player and an unbelievable guy"

This performance, against the side that tried to sign him in the summer, will show the Premier League that the North London side have not given up in the race for top fout, even if it does look like a challenge.

 

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