Harry Kane delivered a subdued performance in his first game as Tottenham captain, with a 0-0 draw at Burnley in the English Premier League on Sunday hurting his team’s slim hopes of UEFA Champions League qualification.
The 21-year-old Kane has been a revelation in his breakthrough season, scoring a joint-high 19 league goals and also on his debut for England last week, but he was starved of service against relegation-threatened opponents at Turf Moor.
Burnley created the better chances, with club top scorer Danny Ings forcing two saves from Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the first half.
Christian Eriksen drove Tottenham’s best opportunity over the crossbar in the 69th minute.
Sixth-place Tottenham move level on points with Liverpool and are seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino: “Difficult game. It was difficult for him (Harry Kane) and difficult for the team. In the way that they play, it’s difficult because always a long ball into the box and it’s a team that’s aggressive. Difficult to find the space to play. I think we played better in the second half. We created some chances, but it wasn’t enough for us to score. We try, we try. It was a very difficult game. Three weeks ago Manchester City lost here. It’s not an excuse, but they are a very, very difficult team.”