News ID: 235697
Published: 0425 GMT December 12, 2018

Barca draw shows Tottenham is CL contender, Kane says

Barca draw shows Tottenham is CL contender, Kane says
Tottenham’s Harry Kane (2nd R), Son Heung-min (2nd L) and Harry Winks celebrate reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, on December 11, 2018.

Harry Kane said that the manner of Tottenham’s performance in the 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Tuesday night was the latest evidence his team can live with Europe’s best and should fire the belief that it can progress deep into the Champions League.

Spurs advanced to the last 16 at Camp Nou as Inter could only draw 1-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven, the Guardian reported.

Tottenham had needed to match Inter’s result to go through. “Thank us later Spurs,” PSV’s account tweeted, with a winking emoji.

Tottenham trailed to Ousmane Dembélé’s seventh-minute goal but created a fistful of chances, most of which came in a dominant second-half performance and, when Kane teed up the substitute, Lucas Moura, for the equalizer on 85 minutes, it was no more than they deserved.

Barcelona – already qualified as group winners – had rested a host of regulars, including Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Sergio Busquets.

The London club enjoyed similarly positive performances in its high-profile Champions League away ties last season, most notably in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid and the 2-2 draw at Juventus.

It had been widely written off after taking only one point from its opening three ties this season and Kane felt their response, starting with the Wembley wins over PSV and Inter and culminating at Camp Nou, showed their character.

“It’s another step forward,” Kane said. “It’s a massive achievement for the club but it’s important we carry it on and go as far as we can in this competition. This will give us belief we can do that. The way that we played and the chances we created – it shows we can be as good as anyone on our day. Thankfully, the football gods were looking down because PSV got the result that helped us out.

“There isn’t a bigger game than Barcelona away. We know if we get them again, maybe in the later stages – we played Juve and Real Madrid last year and did well – we know it’s in there. Who knows how far we can go? It’s about belief.

“Not many people have been talking about Tottenham in the Premier League but we get on with our job, tick over until the new year and then give it a push. The Champions League is the same. A lot of people were writing us off after three games but we’ve showed the character we’ve got.”

Tottenham will be disappointed if its new stadium is not ready for either the Newcastle home game on February 2 or Leicester on February 9, which would mean it would host the Champions League last 16 tie. Spurs will be drawn at home in the first-leg and it will be played on either February 12-13 or February 19-20.

“It would be something special – Champions League games in the new stadium,” Kane said. “Everyone knows Anfield has been fantastic for Liverpool – they’ve pulled out some great comebacks and results there – and we’ve got to try and create that atmosphere.”


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