Harry Kane has admitted that he is really excited to be back playing Champions League football again after Tottenham missed out on the competition for the last two seasons.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host Champions League football for the first time since February 2020, with Marseille set to travel to North London this week.
Kane has an outstanding goalscoring record in the competition, with the striker being the fastest player to reach 20 goals before that record was beaten by Erling Haaland (Opta Joe).
The Spurs star has started the season impressively with five goals from six Premier League games so far and will be looking to add to Wednesday night.
When asked about the clash against the Ligue 1 side, he told The Evening Standard: “I’m really excited. It was a great finish to last season to get that spot. It has been a few years since we were in it and we missed it as players and the club.
“At home under the lights, the crowd will be really excited. We need to start well it is an important competition for us. We feel like we can go well so we need to go and win.
“It is part of every player’s career that sometimes you go through stages where you can’t play at the top level where you want to do and that is where we have been at for the past couple of years.
“When you are watching the Champions League it is where you want to be and the nights you want. It has been a while and we are itching to start the competition well. I am looking for it and as a player I want to be playing in the biggest competitions.”
Spurs have been handed a relatively favourable draw for the group stage but Kane insisted that the Lilywhites will not take any of their opponents lightly.
Marseille have had an impressive start to the 2022/23 season, having won five and drawn one of their six Ligue 1 games so far, and are only behind Paris Saint-Germain in the table on goal difference.
Kane stressed the importance of Tottenham starting their campaign with three points on Wednesday.
He added: “In the Champions League can always have a difficult game, we will take the draw. Three good teams and on their day they can be good as anyone. And we are not taking it for granted.
“We need to make sure we play every game well and the away game will be especially tough. Every game we play away will be difficult so it is important to get off to a good start at home.
“I don’t know too much about Marseille. We have a day off Sunday so on Monday we will start to analyse them, their threats and what is needed and try to put out stamp on the game.
“We will do a tactical (meeting) for sure leading up to it and try to learn as much in that short time.”
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We have back-to-back away matches against Sporting Lisbon and Frankfurt after the clash against Marseille and so, it is vital that we pick up three points on Wednesday. Otherwise, we will be playing catch-up right from the start.
A win on Wednesday makes qualification a lot easier as Marseille are arguably the second-best team in the group and we only play them away in the final group game.
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