Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur out to make a big statement in the Champions League this season
PUBLISHED: 22:30 10 September 2017
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Forward delighted to score his 100th and 101st goals for the club, but more focused on showing the world Spurs are a top team
Harry Kane says he is more interested in winning trophies for Tottenham than celebrating personal records – and he says the Lilywhites would “make a big statement” about their standing in Europe if they can qualify from their Champions League group.
Kane scored his 100th and 101st Spurs goals in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Everton but is already focusing on Wednesday’s European clash against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
“All these individual records are good but the most important thing for me is to try to win club trophies – Premier Leagues, FA Cups,” he said.
“We’ve got the Champions League in midweek, which we want to have a good campaign in. We’re playing some top teams, which will really be a good test for us, and then we’ll see what happens come the end of the season.
“We’ve got to learn from last year’s campaign. I think the fact we’re playing teams like Real Madrid and Dortmund will help us because it will be a big motivation to try to beat those teams.
“We’ve got to test ourselves against the best if we want to be one of the top teams in Europe. You’ve got to see where you are, and all the lads are looking forward to it.
“Are we at that level now? I think we have to prove it. We’re not there yet. We didn’t do great in the Champions League last year so if we can get through this group I think it will be a big statement for the club, considering Real Madrid and Dortmund are two of the biggest teams in Europe.
“That’s got to be our main aim – just try to get through the group, try to do better then last year and then go from there.”
Kane went on: “Whenever you come off a result and a good performance like the one at Everton, you just can’t wait for the next game. It comes on Wednesday and it will be a good one.
“We’ve got a good squad now and we’re going to keep players fresh, keep them hungry and keep them working hard.
“It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere at Wembley – it’s going to feel like a big Champions League night - and we’ve just got to go out and use that to our advantage and perform on the big stage.”
Kane drew a blank in August – he has never scored a league goal for Spurs in that month. But he struck twice for England against Malta on September 1 and then did the same for his club at Everton at the weekend.
Kane’s 28th-minute opener – which brought up his century for Tottenham – was unintended as he lobbed Jordan Pickford from a wide position, having aimed for his team-mates in the box. But the striker feels he deserved some fortune.
“It was a lucky one, it was a lucky cross,” he said. “Like I said all along and in the last few games, sometimes the ball goes in for you and sometimes it doesn’t. Luckily this time it went in.
“It’s good to get off the mark in the Premier League. It’s always nice as a striker to get that first one, and hopefully I can push on from there.
“I’m really proud [to reach 100 goals]. I try not to think about stats too much but when they come along it’s always nice, and it’s a great achievement.
“Hopefully I can get another 100 even quicker and get to that 200-mark. That’s what it’s all about. I’m really pleased but the most important thing was the three points.
“We were all really disappointed after the Burnley game, conceding so late on (in the 1-1 draw), and then you go off on international duty and don’t have a chance to make up for it for a couple of weeks.
“In your mind you know Everton’s going to be a tough place to go, but we were really focused. It was a big game for us to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.”
Not for the first time, Tottenham are ranked as outsiders when it comes to the title race, with the Manchester clubs commanding much of the early-season attention – yet Spurs have moved within three points of the early leaders.
“I wouldn’t say it’s disrespectful [that people haven’t mentioned us much],” said Kane. “I just think teams are spending money and buying big players, big names, and we left it late in the transfer window to get the players we wanted.
“Now we’ve got a good, bulky squad. We play good football and we’ve been in the title race for the last couple of years.
“People might not talk about us but that kind of suits us. We just get on with our jobs and put in performances like Saturday’s, and then come the business end - the second half of the season - we’re normally there or thereabouts fighting for the title.”
Christian Eriksen scored Tottenham’s second goal at Everton, in between Kane’s strikes, and the Spurs forward is full of praise for the Dane, who has also contributed three assists already this term.
“He’s an incredible player, he’s got an incredible football brain,” said Kane. “He knows where to be at the right times. His delivery, his passing is always spot on.
“As a striker myself, it’s perfect to play with someone like that. He got on the scoresheet again and will do for the rest of the season – and he’ll get his assists, as he normally does.
“He’s an amazing player and hopefully he continues what he’s doing, continues working hard and we’ll see where it takes him.”
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