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Pochettino claims Harry Kane will play in Champions League final


Mauricio Pochettino admits he is optimistic that Harry Kane will feature against Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Kane suffered ankle ligament damage against Manchester City on April 9, but despite being ruled out for the season, has returned to full training.

And Pochettino believes his star striker will be ready to contribute in any way possible.

“Kane is training and has entered the final stage of his recovery,” he told reports on Thursday.

“We’re hoping he can help us, either from the start, from the bench, or if not, then by giving us moral support in the dressing room.

“But we’re optimistic he’ll be able to help us on the pitch.”

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Pochettino said his team had defied expectations by reaching the final, which he expects to be an emotionally charged affair.

“Everyone’s expecting a tactical battle, but I think the emotional side will be decisive — that will dictate how the game develops.

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“Liverpool have invested in their squad to be able to compete for the Champions League, but we are there too and on our own merit.

“Nobody expected Tottenham to be in the final. We have the chance to make history and we’re preparing to win it.”