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Mourinho defends under-fire Kane


Harry Kane. Photo: Reuters

Harry Kane. Photo: Reuters

Harry Kane. Photo: Reuters

Jose Mourinho launched an impassioned defence of Harry Kane over criticism for the way he won a penalty in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Brighton.

Kane has been accused of drawing a foul from Adam Lallana, who toppled over his back, with the original free-kick being upgraded to a penalty after VAR ruled it occurred inside the box.

The England captain converted from the spot, but has been the subject of intense analysis over his role in winning the spot-kick. Mourinho came out fighting during his press conference to preview the Europa League tie against Ludogorets tonight,

"He was in a position to control the ball in a dangerous position and Lallana came in a very reckless action and commit a foul. What are you speaking about being clever or being not clever? Being clever is to hold the ball and shoot and score. It was a foul.

"Direct free-kick or penalty. It's for the VAR to decide, the referee to decide. The referee decided direct free-kick.

"I was OK because from my distance I thought, 'OK, maybe it is a direct free-kick', but then the VAR told (him) it is inside (the box)."

Kane will be part of the "full power" Tottenham team that takes on Ludogorets in a game that takes on extra significance following the 1-0 loss against Royal Antwerp last week.

Mourinho has confirmed that Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier will not make the trip.

"Reguilon is ill but not the Covid situation at all, just flu," he said.

"Lamela has a little problem for a few weeks and we decided it's the moment to stop and recover fully.

"Aurier has a little problem, nothing important but he decided with the medical team that he didn't want to risk," added Mourinho.

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