Tottenham’s Erik Lamela believes there is too much pressure on Harry Kane to score the goals for Spurs, the Evening Standard reports.
Kane missed a vital chance to get on the score-sheet for Spurs last night as Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat in the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Inter Milan.
There are concerns that Kane is carrying the majority of the weight of the team and is beginning to become both physically and mentally tired.
Lamela himself also failed to slot home two good chances for Spurs before Mauro Icardi scored a sublime equaliser in the 86th minute and Matias Vecino scored the winner.
The Champions League defeat last night was the first time that Pochettino had suffered three straight defeats with Spurs since he took charge back in 2014.
However, Lamela has defended Kane’s missed chances and tired performances by saying there are 10 other players on the pitch.
Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. Yesterday, he didn’t, and for two or three games he didn’t, but he will score again. It’s not like Harry needs to score every single game.
Yesterday, Christian scored and I scored in the last game. Sonny [Heung-Min Son] will score, Lucas [Moura] will score. All the pressure is not on Harry. All the attacking players need to score — and that’s it. [Inter] were tired, we should have scored more goals. I had a lot of chances but their keeper did well.
Spurs will be desperate to secure three points away at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday as they look to get their season back on track.
I don’t think we’re losing confidence. We believe in each other, that’s why we always fight until the end, but it’s time to win again.
Spurs have now conceded four times from set-pieces in their last three games, as well as conceding six headed goals in six games and left-back Ben Davies believes they need to work on their defensive side to the game.
We recognise that’s where the majority of goals are coming from. We have to go back to basics and work on that.
We’re pretty devastated. A bit of quality [from Icardi] knocked the stuffing out of us. We shouldn’t have been conceding chances at the end. We have to do better in those situations.
Pochettino was angered when asked by the Press after the Inter Milan defeat whether or not he regretted leaving out defenders Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld for the trip to Italy.
Regrets? Why? Against Watford and Liverpool they [Alderweireld and Trippier] were on the pitch. What a question. Easy targets. Easy to talk about the players not here.
You disrespect the players who today showed their quality. It’s painful to hear you killing people who give their best.