Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he’s not surprised about Harry Kane super display as he did not need a match-winning performance to prove his quality after firing Tottenham to a memorable 3-2 victory at the Etihad
Kane, whose hoped-for move to City last summer fell through, gave Tottenham a 59th minute lead and then struck deep into stoppage time to earn his side a 3-2 win.
After the defeat against Tottenham, Guardiola openly admitted to trying to sign Kane, but City never got anywhere near a valuation that even got Spurs interested in selling their top man.
“It was never an option. Everyone knows we were interested but it was not an option. Forget it, it’s in the past,” said Guardiola.
“It’s not necessary to show the goals he scored tonight to show his quality on the ball, all the UK knows it.”
The win brings Spurs back into the top-four race and boss Antonio Conte referred to it as the “perfect performance”.
He believes Kane’s return to form – he has scored nine goals in 14 games – is down to the Italian wanting him to become more of a striker again.
“I think to speak about Harry’s performance, what can I tell you about him? He was fantastic,” he said.
Harry for sure we’re talking about a world-class striker. He’s working, he’s working very well.Harry for sure we’re talking about a world class striker. He’s working, he’s working very well.
“I think that he’s improving also on the physical aspect and I’m working with him also to become a point of reference for us. To become more a striker because sometimes in the past he liked to go outside the box to play. He’s very good also to do this.
“Also with Harry we’re working a lot on many aspects. I think that my aspiration, I repeat, is to arrive at the end of the season and to see every single player improve after the work that we’re.”