Harry Kane hints decision to rest him for Tottenham's Europa League ties was reason for his ruthless form in last two games

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Mauricio Pochettino came under fire for rotating his squad for the games against Borussia Dortmund but Kane has seemingly defended his manager.

Harry Kane has admitted that while he was disappointed not to start either of Tottenham's Europa League ties with Borussia Dortmund, the rest may have been the reason why he has been so prolific in his last two Premier League games, the London Evening Standard reports.

The 22-year-old featured briefly during the first leg of the last 16 tie against the Bundesliga side, but was an unused substitute for the rematch which saw Spurs lose 2-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

However, after bagging a brace in both of the games that immediately followed the two contests against Dortmund, Kane has hinted that the decision to rest him has been vindicated.

"You want to play every game but I didn't start either of the European games and managed to score twice against Aston Villa and Bournemouth," he told the London Evening Standard.

"We've got a bigger and maybe a better squad than last year. The manager can rotate and players are perhaps getting a bit more rest than last season. Everyone looks fresh, which is all you can ask for."

Kane's assessment of the decision to rest him for the clashes against Thomas Tuchel's men is likely to please Mauricio Pochettino, who had to defend himself after facing criticism regarding team selection for the games (via Sky Sports).

While the Europa League is a prestigious trophy, Spurs are surely assured of playing in the Champions League next term - which is the other perk that comes from winning the competition - and seeing as they have a wonderful chance of winning the Premier League title, Pochettino would have surely come in for more questions and criticism if he had selected Kane for the Dortmund games, and the striker ended up getting injured.

If Leicester go on to win the title, then Spurs may reflect that perhaps they should have done things differently in Europe this season. However, Kane's doubles against Aston Villa and Bournemouth surely vindicate the decision to let him rest up in the previous games.

And if Spurs beat the Foxes to the league crown, then the decision may be reflected upon as a master-stroke by Pochettino.

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