According to an article by ESPN Harry Kane claims that he and his teammates now fear no-one in the Champions League and says they relish taking down Europe’s biggest clubs.
We sealed first place in Group H with a hard fought win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, which means we go through having collected six points off the German side and four from Real Madrid.
We welcome Apoel Nicosia next month, and then will await the draw for the last 16 on Dec. 11, when we could still be pitted against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Roma and Juventus.
However the article says Kane believes the days of Spurs feeling like underdogs against those sorts of opponents are now long gone.
“When you beat Borussia Dortmund at home and then draw at Real Madrid and beat them at home you come away thinking: This Champions League is not so scary,” Kane said.
The forward added “We went to Dortmund two years ago and got battered. It wasn’t a game we looked forward to then.
“But now when you are competing with and beating these big clubs in Europe you tend to look forward more to playing them. You want to play in big stadiums against big clubs when you know you can do well.
“Everybody connected with the club should enjoy this moment. To think how far we have come from last year in the Champions League to now when we’ve finished top with one game to go is something very special.”
The article adds that Mauricio Pochettino could have rested players against Dortmund but Kane said he wanted the “rhythm of playing,” despite only just recovering from a knee injury.
It then refers too the situation with Erik Lamela, who has recently recovered from a long-standing hip problem but remains nervous about returning to competitive action.
Erik of course played 60 minutes in an under-23s match in midweek however he is unlikely to be included on Saturday, when Spurs host managerless West Brom.
“At the moment he is training again, the other day he played 60 minutes but he still has some doubts that make him to be cautious about the step up, to be available again for us,” Pochettino said.
The article then adds how Lamela’s absence is keenly felt in these fixtures given Tottenham have struggled for attacking impetus against lesser sides at Wembley, with Burnley and Swansea have both taken draws away from the national stadium while Bournemouth and Crystal Palace lost there by just one goal.
“You need good quality and capacity to drive — an individual like Lamela can bring that quality to the team,” Pochettino said.
“To be dynamic, or to have players with high tempo, doesn’t mean that they have to run fast. If we wanted players to run fast we’d sign Usain Bolt.
Pochettino added: “That is different. We need to increase our tempos within the games, not players with more pace.
“If we’re playing against teams like Palace, Swansea or Burnley that are playing a lot deeper, you don’t need pace, you need quality, good individual quality one vs. one — like Lamela.”
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