Defeat in Monaco a fortnight ago ended our hopes of progressing from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League but a win or draw against CSKA Moscow this week would see us carry on playing European football in the new year with a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Striker Harry, who missed matchdays two, three and four with an ankle injury, is keen to make that happen – and wants to finally experience the feeling of celebrating a victory in front of a bumper crowd of Spurs fans.
“It’s been a frustrating campaign in the Champions League, but we know we need to go out and win on Wednesday night,” said the 23-year-old, who netted twice in our 5-0 win over Swansea City at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
“We have to finish the group with a bit of pride, qualify for the Europa League and then try to win it because that’s what football is all about, winning trophies.
“We also want to give the supporters something to cheer about. They’ve been incredible in our last two matches at Wembley, setting attendance records both times but we’ve not been able to repay that by giving them something to celebrate. That hurts us as players, so it’s important we send them home happy with a victory this time.”
Similarly, goalkeeper and captain Hugo says he’s looking forward to trying to create a ‘positive dynamic’ inside the national stadium in a bid to rubber-stamp a Europa League spot.
“For me, I want to play in every competition,” he said. “Unfortunately we cannot go to the next round of the Champions League but now we have the opportunity to go into the Europa League which is still a big European competition. We want to face the best teams in Europe, we want to play big games and when the opportunity is in front of you like it is for us now, you need to take it.
“We just need to look forward and try to create a positive dynamic inside Wembley. For that, we need this one win and one good game against CSKA. That is what we are aiming for and after that we need to keep going as far as we can in every competition we are still involved in. Another important thing is to finish this period in the Champions League well in front of our home fans. They deserve that and we need to get the three points.”
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DON’T MISS THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME AT WEMBLEY!
Be sure to pick up the official matchday programme for our UEFA Champions League match against CSKA Moscow at Wembley on Wednesday night.
This A4, 100-page edition will be on sale for £5 at the game and includes...
- Feature interview with Harry Kane
- Mauricio Pochettino’s exclusive column
- Focus and opinion on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in 'Centre of Attention'
- Interviews with our former Russian international striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and ex-CSKA star Jiří Jarošík
- A nostalgic look at our tour of Russia in 1960
- Latest from our academy, including last week's 10-1 FA Youth Cup triumph
Sample it now for free with our 12-page online preview edition
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