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‘I managed Drogba and Benzema’ Mourinho defends Kane jibes

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Jose Mourinho has jumped in defence of Harry Kane, insisting the striker has no problem following criticism from ex-Gunner now pundit Paul Merson.

After Harry Kane failed to score in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United, Merson said the forward would not manage a high goal return under Mourinho because of his style of play.

The England captain had scored seven in 11 games under Mourinho before Friday’s league match.

Merson went on to say that Kane would most likely leave Tottenham as the north London side are playing without unity under Mourinho.

However, the Portuguese manager has hit back at those statements. Not many have travelled around Europe with as much success as Mourinho.

In his career, the 57-year-old has been opportune to coach the likes of Drogba, Benzema and Ibrahimovic and insists another top striker like Kane would have no problem playing under him.

“I feel a bit strange at some analysis and some comments, especially as it looks for me that have started from Paul [Merson]. I have to say I respect a lot of people like him and because I respect him a lot, I want to be nice in my answer.” Mourinho said via Goal.

“Kane doesn’t play a game for six months. The record of goals that he has for me is easy for me. Go to your data and it’s easy to see how many matches he played with me and how many goals he scored before his injury.

“I had a few strikers that played for me and they’re not bad. I have a guy called (Didier) Drogba he played for me for four seasons, he scored 186 goals – an average 46 goals per season.

“I had another guy who is also not bad, played for Juventus now. He played for me three seasons, he scored 186 goals, which gives an average of 56 goals per season. I had another guy who is also not bad, called Karim Benzema.”

“I had another called (Diego) Milito, he played one season, he scored 30 goals, won three titles. I had another guy, he played for one and a half seasons, in the other half he had a big injury. A tall guy called Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). He scored 58 goals, which gives a 29 average per season.

“So dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you. I think Harry Kane has no problem at all to score goals in my teams, especially when he’s fit and fresh and has routines of playing. That’s my message to somebody I have lots of respect for.”

Kane will be hoping to get back scoring the goals soon enough as Spurs maintain their chase to secure a top-four finish.