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Monday September 17 2018
Icardi vs Kane

There are many similarities between Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi, notes Daryl Hammond, but only the latter is making his Champions League debut tomorrow night.

If you are truly looking to announce yourself on the world stage, Inter vs Tottenham Hotspur isn't a bad game to do it in.

In 2010, Gareth Bale etched himself into the minds and memories of fans everywhere after eviscerating Maicon at the San Siro as he scored a hat-trick what turned out to be a 4-3 loss for his Tottenham side.

In Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi both teams have players who regardless of what happens on Tuesday when they go head-to-head are already considered stars.

Neither are normally mentioned in the same sentence unless reading half-baked transfer rumours about Real Madrid's striker targets. Nevertheless, they share many commonalities.

Both are 25-years-old, strong, deceptively skilled strikers with an eye for goal and indispensable to their respective sides.

Yet neither have anything to show for that mountain of goals in terms of silverware or team success. How important that is in the discussion about world class players, the jury is still in deliberation on that one. Still one of these two strikers has a much stronger case than the other in that argument.

Season after season, Harry Kane broke records in the Premier League for Tottenham, but some lamented to truly consider him among the best until he did it on the biggest stage.

A World Cup golden boot and a strong season in the Champions League later, he has proved to be worthy of mention in similar breath of the world's current top strikers like Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Dropped into arguably the toughest group of the competition year alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, they emerged top of the group. The Englishman scored seven goals in as many games as Spurs ran Juventus close in the knock-out stages.

Politics may prevent Icardi from ever truly being a force for Argentina like Kane has quickly become for England, but at club level his feats are becoming harder to ignore.

Yes the Argentine has shown great promise, it has been in Serie A and nowhere else. He has twice been crowned Serie A's joint top marksman and lead the Nerazzurri in goals for the last four seasons.  He scored 44% of his side's goal and did so more efficiently than many of his Capocannoniere rivals. To many he is world class, and none of those achievements should be trivialised.

But it is difficult to really say it with your chest without seeing how he fares against Europe's best. In fact, this meeting against Tottenham will mark his Champions League debut.

It speaks more to the club's inadequacies and poor decisions over the last seven seasons rather than Icardi's quality, without whom they would likely still be outside of Europe's premier club competition.

Linked with a host of top clubs he has had the opportunity to do play in the cup elsewhere but wants to see how far he can go in blue and black. Now he is there it is time to show Europe and the wider world what he can do.

The last time Inter played European football they were dumped out of the Europa League after finishing rock bottom in a group with Sparta Prague, Southampton and Hapoel Be'er Sheva, losing 2-0 at home to the Israeli side.

In Barcelona, Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven, their latest group draw isn't exactly an easy one.  Not that Icardi will worry. From scoring over 500 goals in his youth days in Gran Canaria to now, he has excelled at every level he's played at.

He has scored goals for whoever against whomever, despite a revolving door of managers and teammates. The step up and the inevitable test it brings should be welcomed.

It's a challenge he is likely to overcome, but nonetheless a challenge he needs to face to cement his reputation as one of Europe's best.

Have your say...
@ Al Dino

Even as a JUVE fan, agree with the last statement. Always happy to see Serie A teams succeed in Europe. The Icardi goal was a thing of beauty for sure, still a lot of work to be done, but as with all the Serie A sides in Europe hope Inter can progress deep.
on the 19th September, 2018 at 5:43pm
I didn`t watch Kane enough to tell, but I can let you know that Icardi is world class: 1 shot = 1 goal. His mentality makes him world class, along with his ability to finish with cold blood. Icardi - Kane 1-0 and looking forward to the return leg, where Spurs will probably attack more and expose themselves on the flanks.

PS: Since we are not living on the past glory, you should not live on "taxi to Maicon" either, as he was clearly past his prime by the time that happened. Grande Bale anyway!
on the 19th September, 2018 at 11:20am
In the end it was Icardi that impacted the game, and in spectacular fashion. Kane scores 5 goals against Panama and Tunisia at the WC and all of a sudden he's at the level of Suarez and Lewandowski. Like Juve fan said, there's a reason he's still at Spurs even though, according to the English media, he's the best striker in the world. If Real or any other top club wanted him they'd have spent 200m to get him.
on the 18th September, 2018 at 9:10pm
Never like saying this but..... well done inter and icardi. That is all.
on the 18th September, 2018 at 8:44pm
Kane at his best was the best goal scorer at that moment. Icardi at his best has never threatened to be the best. At the moment I put Icardi ahead. Kane needs to fix his ankle or have a rest or both. The game feels like a contest of teams still in preseason. I'd have made Tottenham favours but Potch strangely doesn't seem to be choosing his strongest 11, so it will even more embarrassing if Inter don't win.
on the 18th September, 2018 at 3:55pm
I doubt anyone can downplay it. It's funny that english teams get this much fanfare still after so many years of disappointment, but I guess last season was different.

Speaking of last season, somehow Inter managed to finish 4th. Had Lazio not dropped so many points from poor refereeing, who knows? Both Milan clubs getting close to making progress seems like painting over cracks i.e. new manager. Why anyone today believes CL will be any different for either of them I'll never know.
on the 18th September, 2018 at 2:58pm
@ Hypocrite

I can smell high level of saltiness from an Inter fan who living on past glories. LMAO.

Taxi for Maicon, Taxi for Maicon, Taxi for Maicon~
on the 18th September, 2018 at 1:05pm
As a Juve supporter and as much as i dislike Icardi i still somehow feel that Icardi is a far better and more complete player than Kane! Though both have an eye for the goal Kane depends on his team to get him the ball in the box while Icardi has carried the entire Inter squad to victories they sometimes didn’t even deserve based on their play! Either way and again as much as i dislike the serpents i still wish them luck and hope to see them win against Spurs!
on the 18th September, 2018 at 12:26pm
if inter qualify for second round, finish in top 3 in league that would be 200% success. Is there any valid statistics claiming inter the most internazionalling club in italy or it just name that bothering you?!. We're just started climbing the rope that juve reached in all these years and milan do not even found the grip. Inter has the future that napoli cant guarantee. All is just well for inter including the parma defeat. Just stomach inter garbage for another three years. Who knows!!! What will happen then!. ;)
on the 18th September, 2018 at 11:05am
@spirit_willy Buddy what are you talking about? I think you are strongly disliked lately as you rarely play ANY Italians, and don't give me that bs, we are Internationale, a team need domestic players for growth, period. As for WC coach, Spalletti aint bad, you are just a very unbalanced team in general.
on the 18th September, 2018 at 8:13am
@ spirit_willy, dude, you need to stop, comparing this chaotic Inter with Conte's Juve is plainly stupid and irrelevant. Now you say Inter is always defensively best in serie A. Are you on crack?
on the 18th September, 2018 at 7:12am
This is the second blog I have read related to the 2010 game at SS. Inter may be living on past European glory (Seria A success = Scottish PL success) but Spurs have not won anything in 20+ years. Is talk about Bale's performance in a losing side the best they can do? I think this may be the season Spurs go off the cliff - Poch to realise they will not go any further and Kane & Ericson to move on as well. At least Leicester won something.
on the 18th September, 2018 at 6:12am
Despite his goal record, Kane is horrible. Heavy foot half-wit who spent the entire world cup playing hunched over begging for fouls.
His best goal at the world cup he knew nothing about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ3YJAHAPR4
Just a product of opportunity. Brings nothing to any team, replace him with any able-body and they will score the same amount of goals. Hence why he's still at tottenham and not real madrid after they lost Ronaldo. A 200m pricetag but wanted by no-one. Ask yourself why
on the 18th September, 2018 at 3:43am
@Spirit i think you need to lay off the spirits for awhile hahahahah
on the 18th September, 2018 at 12:20am
@spirit_willy

When will you learn Inter fans?

Your past glories won't help you against Kane. LOL

Btw, your comparison with Conte's Juve is 1000% INVALID!
on the 17th September, 2018 at 10:25pm
and here by i announcing that, if inter by any means get thrashed by tottenmam which is 3 goal difference in total with both leg; i will stop writing in this blog. Because i believe inter is always defensively best in serie a. If you found inter in roma and napoli's cl frailties; you win i loose.
on the 17th September, 2018 at 9:36pm
Kane plays in a team that are fully gelled, he'll be given much more and precise service by his teammates. Inter will need to put in a top performance for the whole game if they are going to succeed tomorrow. It will, in any case, be interesting to see how Inter plays in a more open style of play that is offered by most opponents in the CL compared to Serie A. Very excited about this game, and that's despite the fact that I'm a Juve-fan =)
on the 17th September, 2018 at 8:59pm
i dunno what to tell to you guyz, you guyz actually disrespecting serie a. In conte's time at juve people keep telling that juve would not go as far as quarter final. Now when juve reached semifinals & final at rows people keep telling they would not finally end the drought. But any fool should know if juve can reach semi twice, they can also win final as well. They dont have to prove it, do they?. And if inter lacking anything is a world class coch and keep going season after season. Babies, juve's reign didnt build in one day but took painstaking ten years. The question Is, is inter the most hated club in italy?? Forza inter milano
on the 17th September, 2018 at 8:53pm
Oh man ....this could be Spalettis last stand. I really respect the man and had hoped that he as gonna bring some the edge / final puzzle piece to Inter that they needed and some flare and cunning victories...BUT it’s just not happening. He has barely no effect.
I too believe Inter is gonna get embarrassed v Spurs,and show the world they don’t deserve a CL spot. Tho I wouldn’t be surprised if they manage a draw,it’s just they’re too unpredictable,but lean towards failure 66.7% of the time.
on the 17th September, 2018 at 7:45pm
@spirit_willy, "We are inter son, one of the few five stars clubs of all time." Mwahahahahahaha... Omg this is so funny. Sooner or later romanticism will kill you very ugly, grandpa. Inter WERE the Champions from Italy, they were once a fearful team in Europe thanks to Mou until Tottenham with young Bale destroyed mighty Inter filled with players from remnants of calciopoli. Too bad, he is a Madrid player now, otherwise, tomorrow we could hear hillarious chant "taxi for Maicon" by Spur fans.
on the 17th September, 2018 at 6:43pm
@ spirit_willy, No disrespect, but your English is truly incomprehensible...
on the 17th September, 2018 at 6:30pm
@spirit_willy

Bahahha " We are inter son, one of the few five stars clubs of all time." You are also the team who loses at home to Parma.

Lets be realistic here, Kane is WAY a head of Icardi even tho icardi is great in the box.
on the 17th September, 2018 at 4:36pm
both the most lucratives of a striker, would value at no less 200m as strikers costs the most. When we both have golden dagger why feel afraid. If anybody says tottenham is one of the top five clubs you will laugh but if i say inter you will ponder for a second. We are inter son, one of the few five stars clubs of all time. Now laugh. And i like the words vecino, we must now suffer; by tottenham later barcelona.
on the 17th September, 2018 at 2:42pm
Icardi won't get a touch of the ball, along with the rest of our garbage team. 0-5, read 'em n' weap. Inter is dead, long live Inter.
on the 17th September, 2018 at 2:21pm

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