Champions League: Tottenham's Erik Lamela says teammates need to chip in with goals to take pressure off Harry Kane
Tottenham's Erik Lamela has stated that the club's attacking players need to take the pressure off of Harry Kane to provide the answers for the team, and that they need to chip in with more goals.
London: Harry Kane is not a "machine" and it is only a matter of time before he is back among the goals, according to Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela.
The under-fire England striker endured another frustrating game on Tuesday as Spurs slumped to a late 2-1 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan. The England captain has now gone five games for club and country without scoring.
He missed a good opportunity at the San Siro, but Lamela insists Kane should not be the only player to carry the scoring burden for Spurs. "Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. He always scores," Lamela said, in comments carried by the British press on Wednesday.
"Here he didn't and for two or three games he didn't. But he will score again. It's not like Harry needs to score every single game. Christian (Eriksen) scored, I scored in the last game. Sonny (Son Heung-min) will score. Lucas (Moura) will score. All the pressure is not on Harry. All the attacking players need to score," Lamela added.
Lamela says there is no crisis of confidence at Tottenham, even though the defeat by Inter means they have lost three games in a row for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino.
"I don't think we're losing our confidence," he said, adding, "we believe in each other in this team. That's why we always fight until the end of the season."
UEFA said in a statement released late Tuesday it “started the search for a marketing and sales partner” to complete deals within an agreed strategy for three seasons of club competitions from 2024-27.
Klopp expects Newcastle to fulfil their ambitions eventually, but he suggested it might be a rocky road to the top because money alone cannot guarantee success.
Having moved to the top of the group with victories over AC Milan and Porto, the six-time European Cup winners head to Madrid to face the Spanish champions Atletico.