Spurs can not force Harry Kane to stay, admits Pochettino

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Florentino Perez has apparently identified Kane as his number one target for the Bernabeu, after both the club and fans have become frustrated at Karim Benzema's lack of goals so far this season.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino breathed a sigh of relief after his side overcame some early second half pressure to ease past AFC Wimbledon.

Tottenham now take their place in the draw for the next round, but for a long time it seemed they might be taken to replay by the side 58 league places below them. And then, of course, Carabao Cup or FA Cup are important if we can win of course we are going to win.

Their first real opportunity fell to Erik Lamela, whose powerful volley from the edge of the box was parried by Long in the 18th minute, and soon after that Kane fired wastefully over from a Fernando Llorente knockdown.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur after replaced during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and
Spurs can not force Harry Kane to stay, admits Pochettino

But it was that man Kane who would inevitably break the deadlock.

Mauricio Pochettino has overseen a remarkable period of progress since taking charge in 2014 but the team's improvement is yet to be converted into trophy success.

Wimbledon defended stubbornly and came close to scoring in the 29th minute, when Abdou's curling effort - their first shot of the afternoon - was pushed onto the woodwork by Vorm, who recovered quickly to hold onto the follow-up effort. In the Premier League they have played 22 games, of which they have won 12, drawn five and lost five, while they have scored 42 goals and conceded 21 times. Kane bundled the ball home after a Sissoko ball into the box. "He loves Tottenham and he feels Tottenham", Pochettino said of his star striker, who scored 56 goals in 2017. Dele Alli may look at this game as a superb chance to rekindle his ailing form, while he will want to add to his nine goals and nine assists this season, and he could likely spark a rout for his side.

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