Harry Kane has urged his Tottenham teammates to show more maturity after they squandered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiacos in their Champions League opener on Tuesday evening.
The England striker’s penalty was added to by a Lucas Moura stunner to put Spurs 2-0 in front, but the Greek side scored either side of the break to earn themselves a 2-2 draw.
It’s the second consecutive away match that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have thrown away a two-goal advantage after they were pegged back by rivals Arsenal in the North London derby earlier this month.
The Argentine was left disappointed with Tottenham’s performance in Athens – and Kane understands his frustration.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Kane said: “We’ve all played in 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 and improve.
“I don’t doubt the mentality of the team. We’ve come through a lot in the last few years, including reaching the Champions League final after being down and out in the group. But a bit more maturity will help.”
Kane, who now has eight goals in eight matches for club and country this team and extended his lead at the top of Tottenham’s all-time top European goalscorers chart with his first-half spot-kick, knows exactly what moment cost his side the game.
“Conceding before half-time killed our momentum,” he said. “It happened against Arsenal as well. I’m not quite sure how they got through so easily. But especially away from home in the Champions League, you have to knit together, make sure you don’t concede.
“Whether that’s being more compact, going direct and seeing out the clock or something else. At 2-0 up if we see it through to half-time it’s probably a different game.
“At half-time, the gaffer said the players need to respect their positions more. We tried to do that. I don’t think we did it particularly well all game. Any time you’re 2-0 up away, especially in the Champions League, you expect to go on to win. It was a frustrating game.