Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has shared what Harry Kane told the Spurs players at half time in the dressing room away at Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
Mauricio Pochettino’s charges were trailing 1-0 from the first leg in North London and were right up against it at the break, having conceded twice in the first 45 minutes.
Spurs fell behind to Mathijs de Ligt’s header in the opening five minutes and were caught out again in the 35th minute through Hakim Ziyech’s sweeping finish.
With Liverpool having overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona to win 4-3 on aggregate the day before, few were expecting lightning to strike twice, particularly with Kane out injured.
However, Tottenham did just that, Lucas Moura scoring a hat-trick – the winner in the sixth minute of added time – to send Ajax packing and reach the final against the Reds.
Rose spoke about how Tottenham “means the world” to Kane and how his winning aura inspires those on his side, even in training.
“One that sticks out is Ajax,” Rose told the Lockdown Tactics podcast. “He was injured but he came to Amsterdam and we were losing 2-0 at half-time, 3-0 on aggregate and he was watching in the stands.
“He came down and he just ripped into us basically. Just telling us we weren’t good enough and a certain player (Frenkie De Jong) was running the show for Ajax, what were we going to do about it? We had to pull our fingers out.
“He’s switched quite a few times Harry. You wouldn’t think it but when he goes, he loses it, but in a good way. He wants you to do better. He wants the best for himself but also for his team-mates.”
Tottenham’s heroic comeback at the Johan Cruyff Arena was one for the ages, and though everyone involved in the Lilywhites contingent deserves credit, Kane certainly did his bit in the dressing room with regards to giving his teammates a much-needed kick to the backside.
This season, in comparison, has proven a major damp squib for Spurs, who may not even qualify for Europe this time round, and with Kane turning 27 in July, does he genuinely feel that his beloved club can actually provide him with the silverware his illustrious career deserves?