Tottenham: Mourinho lauds Kane's ambition
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Harry Kane not being sent off in Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal was the right decision, according to Mark Clattenburg. The England international went viral for a bruising tackle on Gunners defender Gabriel Magalhaes during the contest at the Emirates Stadium. But the former Premier League referee thinks not dismissing him was the right call.
Tottenham went into Sunday’s match with Arsenal on a high.
After winning their last five matches across all competitions, Jose Mourinho was hoping to mastermind yet another victory.
But that didn’t happen, with Spurs instead slipping to a disappointing defeat against their fierce rivals.
They went ahead through Erik Lamela, with the Argentina international scoring a sublime rabona.
But the Gunners turned things around through Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette to pick up all three points.
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During the match, Kane lunged in on Gabriel – with many supporters on social media calling for him to be dismissed.
Yet Clattenburg, writing for the Daily Mail, feels the 27-year-old shouldn’t have been dismissed.
He said: “Later in the game, there was a robust challenge from Harry Kane on Gabriel but the Spurs striker did not lead with his elbow or forearm, so that’s why he wasn’t red-carded.
“I would have shown him a yellow for it, given it was a reckless action.”
Clattenburg also feels Mourinho had a right to feel aggrieved after Lacazette earned a penalty following a foul by Davinson Sanchez.
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“Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy and I can understand why Arsenal’s penalty will split opinion,” he said.
“Alexandre Lacazette got his shot away — a poorly executed attempt it was, too — and then came the contact from Davinson Sanchez.
“The defender was trying to block the ball but the way he flew through Lacazette forced referee Michael Oliver into making his decision.
“Mourinho complained afterwards that VAR Paul Tierney ‘confirmed the wrong decision’.
“Once this was given in real time, there was no way Tierney was going to overturn it.
“The contact was clearly there, and this was not a clear and obvious error from Oliver.”
Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal has dealt them a huge blow when it comes to qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
And Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness feels Kane should quit Spurs if they miss out, expressing a belief he’d walk into any side on the planet.
“If they fail to do so (reach top four) or if they fail to pick up silverware, ie beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month, then Kane should be having a word with his agent about new employment.
“Even if they beat City, he might still want to think about leaving.
“He turns 28 in the summer, and time is running out for Spurs to deliver collectively on what his individual efforts deserve. And those individual efforts have been world class.
“Unlike some in the punditry profession, great is not a term I confer lightly on footballers but Kane has the right to be called that.
“Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City — he would walk into the starting line-up of any of those teams.
“The window of opportunity to do so while in his prime is not big.”
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