Conte heaps praise on Kane as Greaves’ goal record is equalled

Brian Jeeves

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Craven Cottage – Reaction

Fulham 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Antonio Conte waxed lyrical over Harry Kane after the striker scored his 266th goal for the Lilywhites, equaling a record set more than five decades ago by the great Jimmy Greaves.

Kane’s sweet strike in first-half stoppage-time ensured that Tottenham returned to winning ways at the expense of London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage and lifted some of the gloom currently surrounding the N17 outfit.

“I think he scored a fantastic goal, the execution to control the ball, and then to kick it in that way, only a world-class striker can score this type of goal,” the Italian enthused. 

“About the spirit that I spoke before. I want to underline Harry today played with a fever and he was not so good but he wanted to play because he understood the moment. 

“He understood that he is a point of reference for us, for me, and for the other players. I think with Hugo, they are the two players who are a point of reference for the dressing room. Today I am really happy because I think he was rewarded with a goal.”

Conte continued: “We are talking about a player that has fantastic ability and skills. 

“For sure, I would like to help him and me also and his team-mates to try to do something important, to win something with Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. 

“Tottenham is in his heart and it should be good if together we were able to win something because then it is important to have this record but I think it could be more important if you are good to lift a trophy.”

Brian Jeeves