Erik Lamela Backs Harry Kane After Champions League Loss to Inter Milan

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2018

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur at San Siro Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Erik Lamela has said that Harry Kane "is not a machine" and backed him to rediscover his scoring form after the Englishman drew a blank again in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to Inter Milan on Tuesday.

The Argentinian added there is too much focus on Kane amid Spurs' current slump and the whole attacking line need to take responsibility for finding the back of the net, per Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard:

"Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. Yesterday, 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.

"Yesterday, Christian [Eriksen] scored and I scored in the last game. Sonny [Heung-Min Son] will score, Lucas [Moura] will score. All the pressure is not on Harry. All the attacking players need to score—and that's it. [Inter] were tired, we should have scored more goals. I had a lot of chances but their 'keeper did well."

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur at San Siro Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media
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Kane, 25, won the Golden Boot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and netted twice as Spurs won their first three matches of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

However, he has since failed to find the net in five consecutive appearances for club and country, including Tottenham's three defeats on the bounce.

His lack of productivity in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool was particularly notable, per The Times' Nicholas Godden:

And he missed a first-half chance against Inter at the San Siro that could have changed the outcome of the match.

Even without Kane on top form, Spurs looked to be heading for a fine away victory when Eriksen put them 1-0 ahead in the 53rd minute.

However, late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino turned the game on its head and Spurs fell to a potentially damaging defeat.

They are in a tough group with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven, so their results against Inter could end up deciding whether they go through to the knockout rounds or not.

Despite the defeat and Kane's troubles, Spurs were far from outplayed against Inter.

Per BT Sport's Ian Darke, the Italian side's turnaround was unexpected given the way the first 85 minutes had played out:

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be eager, though, that his side arrest their slump against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. 

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