Tottenham: Kane on Wembley; New contract for defender; Hoddle wants European run
Tottenham kick-off their Champions League campaign against Monaco at Wembley this week, but Harry Kane is confident they can make the 90,000 seater stadium feel like home.
Spurs had little choice but to re-locate to the national stadium for European games, due to the ongoing renovation of White Hart Lane.
Kane however, is confident that they will not suffer any adverse results due to the move, citing Spurs’ core of England internationals who are used to playing at the iconic venue.
“If there are 85-90,000 Tottenham fans in there it’s only going to make you play better,” Kane said.
“A lot of us have played there already, so it feels like even more of a home. Everyone knows how iconic Wembley is, but that’s what we’ve got to be careful of, Monaco are going to come here and it’s a big occasion for them as well. We have to make sure we’re ready for that.”
Fierce rivals Arsenal played six Champions League games at the old Wembley during the late 1990’s, winning only two of them.
There is always a worry that playing at Wembley gives opposing teams added incentive, but Wembley’s big pitch should suit a team with Spurs’ fitness levels.
Elsewhere, according to the Evening Standard Kyle Walker is expected to sign a new long-term contract at White Hart Lane.
Walker faced severe criticism for the defensive lapses that plagued his early Tottenham career, but has established himself as a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s well-oiled side.
Renowned for his change of pace and marauding runs down the right flank, his good form was enough to make him a starter for England at last summer’s European Championship.
Amidst some disappointing performances, Walker and teammate Danny Rose were two of England’s brighter spots in an ignominious campaign.
Firmly established with club and county, it seems the former Sheffield United full back will be rewarded with a bumper new deal.
Finally, club legend Glenn Hoddle used his Mail on Sunday column to urge Spurs to focus on a run in the Champions League rather than a Premier League title tilt.
Hoddle wrote: “I feel they need to reset their goals. Publicly, they might say they want to go one better this season and win the league. That’s only natural after the disappointment of losing out to Leicester.
“But what would be a fantastic season for them would be a good run in the Champions League to the quarter-finals and to finish in the top four.
“That’s not being defeatist. It’s about building the club for the future. Tottenham need to establish themselves as a Champions League side.
With the transition to the new stadium likely to restrict Spurs’ ability to spend on transfer fees and wages, the allure of Champions League football would be a major asset when it comes to attracting talent.
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