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Chris Sutton: Harry Kane should not start the Champions League final

Tottenham fans must be feeling both ecstatic and optimistic heading into their Champions League final clash against Liverpool.

Star man Harry Kane is set to be available for selection, with the striker back in training following his ankle injury (BBC Sport).

Indeed, it is a huge boost, though one man believes Mauricio Pochettino should think twice before throwing the England captain straight back into the starting XI with so much at stake.

“Harry Kane should not start the Champions League final. It is simply too much of a risk for Tottenham in such a monumental match and manager Mauricio Pochettino must make a sensible decision rather than a sentimental one,” Chris Sutton wrote in his recent Daily Mail column.

“Common sense must prevail. No matter what Kane says, there have to be doubts over his fitness.”

A gamble? Perhaps. Even if Kane is close to full match fitness, the 25-year-old is going to be lacking match sharpness having not played a fixture since early April.

That being said, going into such a gigantic game against extremely tough opposition in Jurgen Klopp’s side, Tottenham need to be at full strength if they are to bring that Champions League trophy back to London.

And while some have suggested that the north London club have actually looked better at points of the season without Kane, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura really flourishing in his absence, the Tottenham vice-captain is a match-winner, who comes up with some very big goals.

Fully fit or not, can Pochettino really afford to leave that out of his starting XI? Probably not.

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Chris Sutton: Harry Kane should not start the Champions League final
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