The 25-year-old missed out on the matchday squad to face Tottenham on Saturday, despite the expectation that he would play. The Eagles have been held without a goal in five games this season and have scored only eight times.
Tottenham picked up a massive win in the Champions League on Tuesday, coming from behind to beat PSV 2-1, with Harry Kane scoring both goals. Pochettino asked. "I think we need to be grateful because we can compete in London, close to White Hart Lane, close to our training ground and that's a massive advantage for us".
"Yes it is true if you said to me would you prefer all my global players stay here and rest for two weeks without competition, I would say yes", he said.
Kane has had his form and fitness questioned this season, having led England to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer and then, after a three-week holiday, gone straight into the new Premier League campaign.
'Kane is English and sometimes you push him to the sky and paradise and then you put him on the outside.
After spending 16 years at White Hart Lane, the winger departed N17 in January 2016 to sign for Newcastle United before making the switch to Palace six months later.
'If Harry Kane is Italian and playing for the Italian side he will be a bit more protected because the Italian people are more protective of their players.
Pochettino also compared the English style of gameplay with Italian style while saying "If Harry Kane is Italian and playing for the Italian side he will be a bit more protected because the Italian people are more protective of their players", and added "It is hard to push but when they are there they try to keep up there".
'He is a killer, an assassin, a killer, ' the Argentinian said.
"It's similar in Spain".
'He always in practice in everything he wants to kill the keeper, everything. He's so determined to score goals. "If you are not ready I'll take your place".
"That's why when he doesn't score, he's so obsessed with scoring that sometimes it's against him, because sometimes you need more freedom, not to be obsessed". If Palace are going to avoid relegation for again, they need to start scoring more goals. You score, you are the best. If you didn't score no ... you are criticized.