Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane strikes fear into the heart of most managers these days and that is no different for Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins, speaking to the Totally Football Show ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League opener at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
The England captain has started the season in typically clinical fashion, netting eight times in seven goals for club and country so far.
After drawing a rare blank in Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League thrashing of Crystal Palace, Kane will be desperate to get back among the goals in Piraeus as the Champions League runners-up look to kick off the new campaign in style.
And Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his side, who will also face Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in Group B.
“We’re not favourites because I understand the other side. [Tottenham have] top players with a fantastic, fantastic coach. We have so many difficulties because the opponent is so strong,” said the former Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes tactician.
“Tottenham in the last three or four years have the same squad. They have big quality, a top striker like Harry Kane and big mobility up front, at the back, strong midfielders. They are fighting for the championship in the best league in the world.”
While Martins will be racking his brains trying to come up with a way to keep Kane quiet, he also faces a chance to pit his wits against Pochettino, one of the most respected coaches in the game today.
Olympiakos are not lacking quality themselves, however, with Mathieu Valbuena, Kostas Fortounis and the prolific Youssef El-Arabi hoping to cause a shock on Greek soil.
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