Jose Mourinho has claimed that Harry Kane’s penalty technique was “impossible” to “respond” before England’s match against Germany at Euro 2020.
The 2020/21 season has been a disappointment for Spurs overall, but it turned out to be another stellar campaign for Kane.
The striker has spent most of the tenure working under Mourinho. He scored 33 times in all competitions, but he often fell deeper, which also gave him 17 assists.
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Six of Kane’s goals in 2020/21 were penalties. England face Germany on Tuesday night in the round of 16 of Euro 2020.
Before this match, Mourinho told talkSPORT (quoted by Football London) that he admires Kane’s approach to penalties:
“Replying is impossible,” Mourinho said. “There are even coaches who take the players to the stadium, put on the noise of the crowd to try to reproduce it, but there is no chance.
“In the Harry kane situation, there’s something I love about Harry, and that’s when he goes to the game, he knows if there’s a penalty, how he’s going to take it.
“It’s not like at the last moment he makes a decision or changes his mind, Harry decides the match, a few days before the match how he’s going to take it, then spends three or four days before the match practicing that shot. and I love that.
“I think it’s one thing to take a penalty in a normal game, but quite another to take a penalty in a game of this kind of dimension.
“There’s enough pressure, probably your central nervous system isn’t ready for you after 120 minutes to go in and be completely cool, fresh, look towards the goalie and make up your mind about what move the goalie is making.
“I really believe you have to start with a decision already made, as you know I’m one of the best coaches with the worst penalty shootout records, that means I think about it a lot, I really know my players who missed Penalties on these big occasions were players who changed their minds by running towards the ball.