'We had to respond' - Kane’s pride as win at BVB secures UCL top spot
Wed 22 November 2017, 03:00|Tottenham Hotspur
This must have been the response Harry Kane was thinking about as he trudged away from our nearest rivals on Saturday.
Back in Champions League action against Borussia Dortmund three days later, the perfect stage to bounce back, a win at fortress Signal Iduna Park, top spot of Group H secured.
That’s how it played out - and the icing on the cake, Harry was on the scoresheet, levelling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener and sending us on the way to a famous 2-1 win.
“We said we had to bounce back,” explained Harry on the mood of the camp between matches. “In football it happens sometimes...you don’t play as well as you want to and you get punished for it, especially in the Premier League.
“We had to respond and that’s what we did. Football is a tough game at times, especially away from home and we showed good character to come back and get the result we wanted.”
Aubameyang struck after 31 minutes but we had the better chances in the first half and might have levelled but for the agility of home goalkeeper Roman Burki.
It took Harry just three minutes of the second half to level from 20 yards and it was no surprise when Heung-Min Son provided a trademark finish into the top corner to win it with 76 on the clock. We might have added more goals and the shot count ended 12-7 in our favour.
Most importantly, we secured pole position in Group H. Real Madrid - 6-0 winners at APOEL - can still join us on 13 points but we’d stay top on head-to-head results.
“It’s a very proud achievement and the players, the fans, the Club, everyone should be proud,” added Harry, who now has six goals in the competition this season.
“Many people doubted us before we started the group but we’ve come out on top with a game to go so we have to enjoy this moment and make the most of it.”