Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane rescued his job as Tottenham Hotspur manager when he scored a crucial winner at Aston Villa three years ago.
The Argentine struggled in his opening nine league games in charge and feared he would lose his position as his side’s poor start to the season appeared to continue in the West Midlands.
But Kane scored in the last minute and Pochettino believes that to be a turning point in his time at the club.
“For me that goal was an amazing goal because it meant for us, for everyone, the possibility to stay here today,” Pochettino said. “It’s true, the team were 14th or 13th and we were a little bit under pressure because the team were not winning games.
“Always in football, when you don’t get good results, the first to be sacked is the manager.
“The first 10 games are most important. That is why that goal allowed us to carry on working and try to change the club.
“We were in the first season at Tottenham and people on day one when I signed the contract said ‘ok maybe in a few months we have a new face in front of us’.
“Maybe I can find many other goals that were fantastic, but for me the goals are related to emotion, in the period you are living.”