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Harry Kane has revealed the precise nature of the frustration in the Tottenham dressing room at the moment.

Players are making mistakes they should have got out of their systems five years ago.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino left his underperforming stars in no doubt about their duties in his half-time call-to-arms against Olympiakos.

But it still did not stop them from throwing away a two-goal lead on Wednesday night and leaving Athens with a 2-2 draw and just a point.

It came just 17 days after Tottenham suffered a similar fate in the north London derby against Arsenal.

The club used to have something of a name for their lack of resilience before Pochettino arrived in 2014 and instilled a greater mental strength into the dressing room.

So the main irritation now, Kane says, is that he thought Tottenham had left such ‘Spursy’ ways far behind them.

“That’s the hard part to get your head around because we’re not young any more, we’re not inexperienced,” he said. 

“We’ve played in a big games for club and country.

“I can see why the manager is frustrated because he’s been here for six years now and we’re still making similar mistakes to the ones we were in his first year.

“We’ve got to find a way to get around it, improve and get better. That’s all we can try to do.

“Especially away from home in the Champions League, you have to knit together, make sure you don’t concede one way or another. 

“Whether that’s being more compact, going a bit more direct and seeing out the clock or something else.

“We’re still backing ourselves to win enough games and get through the group but obviously it makes the game in a couple of weeks important to win to get ourselves in a better position.”

Kane says part of the problem is that having reached the Champions League final last season, teams like Olympiakos now see them as something of a scalp.

“We know how much effort it took to get to the final last year and now everyone sees us as a team that can get to the final,” Kane said. 

“So we have to perform even better in high pressure situations and high pressure games.

“Teams are going to want to beat us and put that on their season. We have to be prepared for that.”

The games are coming thick and fast with a trip to Leicester for an early kick-off on Saturday.

Tottenham now have just one win in five games in all competitions but Kane is backing his team-mates to kick-start their season again.

“I don’t doubt the mentality of the team,” he said. 

“We’ve come through a lot in the last few years and last year reaching the Champions League final after being down and out in the group.

“A bit more maturity in these situations will help.”



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