Pochettino’s ONE-WORD answer when asked if Harry Kane will play in Champions League final

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Tottenham reached their maiden European Cup final on Wednesday night after an incredible second-half comeback in which Lucas Moura wrote his name in the history books with a terrific hat-trick.

As Tottenham players and staff flooded the pitch in celebration at full-time, Kane, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, charged down from the stands.

He ran in a straight line, as he made clear to point out, over to his team-mates, soaking in the unbridled joy which engulfed every single one of them.

The England captain has been convalescing the last month after taking a blow to his left ankle in the quarter-final first leg against Manchester City.

His rather spritely actions after the final whistle suggested to some that he is well on the road to recovery, with eyes on the Madrid finale against Liverpool on June 1.

Without him, Spurs have pulled off two incredible nights in the Champions League; the VAR-inspired victory over City and last night’s amazement in Amsterdam.

Pochettino took a while to fulfil his post-match media duties such was his outpouring of happiness in tear-form, and seemed like he just wanted be back amongst his players and staff once it came to the end of his post-match press conference.

The last question of the media address was whether Kane will be fit to face Liverpool.

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Mauricio Pochettino did not answer whether Harry Kane will be fit for the Champions League final (Image: YouTube: Beanyman Sports/Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino Harry Kane

Harry Kane was jumping up and down in celebration at the final whistle (Image: Getty)

“Ciao,” the Argentine tactician simply replied, seemingly angered by the inquest.

As he walked away from his microphone, he seemingly then retorted: “Today, you are going to ask me?”

Kane spoke promisingly of his chances to take to the Wanda Metropolitano turf, however.

“Hopefully,” he replied, when asked whether he will feature in the showdown.

Mauricio Pochettino Harry Kane

Harry Kane ran on the pitch at the final whistle, hugging his team-mates (Image: Getty)

“Rehab is going well so far. I start straight-line running this week.

“We’ll see. So far so good, so if it carries on as it should I would hope to be (fit). There’s still a few weeks to go.”

Ajax brought a 1-0 lead from north London into the second leg and quickly added to their advantage, with Matthijs de Ligt rising highest from a corner to head home powerfully in the fifth minute.

A shell-shocked Tottenham succumbed the swashbuckling young side half an hour later when the electric Hakim Ziyech met Dusan Tadic’s lay off powerfully to curl an effort away from Hugo Lloris into the far right side of the net.

Pochettino was not about to let his crack at the big time fall flat like this, though. He brought on Fernando Llorente for Victor Wanyama at half-time and the often clunky Spanish striker moulded Spurs’ until-then toothless attack.

Moura grabbed his first after a break led by Dele Alli in the 55th minute, and put Tottenham within one goal of Madrid four minutes afterwards with a slickest of footwork in a crowded area.

In the sixth minute of injury time, when Jan Vertonghen had not generated enough power from a header from six yards, when Lloris’ presence at a corner kick came to no avail, when the kitchen sink had been well and truly dismantled and chucked at Ajax’s young side, Moura found the opening.

Alli once again played provider and the Brazilian got everything he could on the ball, scuffing his effort in the bottom left corner. Elation for Tottenham’s players, bedlam for the 3,000 travelling fans from N17, tears for Pochettino.

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