Kane focused on silverware

Skipper Harry Kane believes if England win the Nations League in the summer it will be a greater achievement than reaching the World Cup semi-finals last year.

The Three Lions reached the last four of the Nations League by topping a group which also included Spain and Croatia, with England drawn to face the Netherlands in the semi-finals.

First up is the small matter of getting their European Championship qualifying campaign under way against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, but Kane is already looking forward to the challenge ahead in the summer.

He told reporters: "To have a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt does not happen not very often. If we win that trophy, in my eyes, it's a better year than 2018.

"Hopefully, we can win some silverware. Of course, 2018 was fantastic but for me, the main thing is the team and we want to win things.

"People now expect us to do well and before the World Cup there was no expectation, so it's great that we've turned that around.

"We're the only team from the World Cup semi-finals to have got through their Nations League group.

"That was big for us, to prove that it wasn't just a one-off – that this team were really building for something special."

England can be backed at 7/4 to win the inaugural Nations League, with the Netherlands priced at 3/1 and Portugal 2/1.

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Sheringham issues Spurs warning

Former Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham claims the north London club will have to win silverware if they want to keep hold of forward Harry Kane for the long-term.

Kane bagged his 17th Premier League goal of the season on Saturday but it came in a 2-1 defeat for Spurs at St Mary's.

England star Kane has been linked with moves away from Spurs in the past, with Manchester United and Real Madrid being connected.

Sheringham feels that if Spurs don’t win trophies soon then they will risk losing their prize asset.

He told the BBC: "Harry will want to win stuff. He will be wanting to play at the very top."

Sheringham added: added: "It's going to be a big factor with Harry that Tottenham are moving into a new stadium – but they have to win something.

"At the moment, they are nearly at the top. For me, that's not good enough for Harry Kane because he is tops."

Tottenham are 4/6 to finish in the top four this season and 12/1 to win the Champions League.

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Champions League: Kane Fires Spurs Into Last Eight

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 (0-4 on agg.) Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs put in the perfect away performance in Dortmund tonight as Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game to make it a 4-0 aggregate win over BVB.

Dortmund were the better side in the first half of the first leg, but a disastrous second 45 gave them a mountain to climb. And it was a similar pattern at the Signal Iduna Park: BVB attacking throughout the first half and then succumbing to a sucker punch in the second. It’s Mauricio Pochettino who takes his side to the last eight of the 2019 Champions League.

This was a great Euro victory for Spurs, but you’d have to say the big Champions League 2019 news of the night came from Madrid where Ajax hammered Los Blancos 1-4. What about that then, us Champions League fans? The 2016, 17 and 18 champions are out!

But it was Spurs’ night in Dortmund, and King Harry Kane was the man for the big moment yet again.

Highlights of the game

Favre started with Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer in a clear indication that he thought the game was not yet up. The Yellow Wall was alive with flags waving and drums banging as Dortmund started at a fierce tempo. Spurs hardly touched the ball in the opening five minutes. Reus had the first opening of the game, clean through on goal, but Jan Vertonghen made a great tackle.

Hugo Lloris had a fantastic first half to preserve his team’s lead as BVB threw everything at the visitors, making a superb save to keep out a deflected Reus shot. He also got down well to stop a header from Julian Weigl on the line. The French keeper then made a brilliant save to palm away a shot from Mario Gotze and denied Alcacer who curled one from the edge of the box.

Jadon Sancho has been box office in his first full season in Dortmund and has, unsurprisingly, attracted the attention of PSG and Manchester United. However, he had a quiet first 45 minutes, though he did force another save from Lloris before half-time.

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus reacts after conceding with Harry Kane’s away goal

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus reacts after conceding their first goal scored by Tottenham’s Harry Kane

The hosts began the second half as they ended the first, and Reus got behind the Spurs defence to fire a dangerous ball across the six-yard box, but there was no-one there to make the vital touch. And then, wouldn’t you know it, as the home fans wondered how on earth they weren’t ahead, Spurs scored!

Moussa Sissoko won the ball in midfield and played a quick ball through to Kane who finished beautifully with a curling shot to beat Roman Burki. Dortmund now needed five goals to win and that was, pretty much, the end of their European dream.

Favre’s last throw of the dice was to bring Christian Pulisic and Jacob Bruun Larsen on to try to achieve the impossible, but it was Spurs who had another attempt on goal, with Toby Alderweireld heading a Christian Eriksen corner over the bar.

Pulisic did have a chance when a cross reached him in the middle of the penalty area. He had time and space but headed over the bar. There was still time for man-of-the-match Lloris to make another save to deny Alcacer.

Key Statistics

The pre-match BVB vs Spurs betting odds pointed to a home win and a tense evening, but it turned out to be quite the opposite in the end.

Dortmund were totally dominant in the first half but just couldn’t beat Spurs’ last line of defence as Lloris made five saves and the shot count read ten to one. Harry Kane’s goal, early in the second half, knocked the stuffing out of their hosts.

Kane is now Spurs’ all-time leading scorer in Europe and has hit the net in three of the four games he’s played since his return from injury.

And Spurs have scored 12 of their 13 Champions League goals this season in the second half.

What’s next?

BVB and FC Bayern are now neck and neck at the top of the Bundesliga, and Lucien Favre must lift his players quickly for the challenge.

Stuttgart are the next visitors to the Signal Iduna Park, and languishing in 16th they should be there for the taking. FC Bayern are at home to Wolfsburg, and that might present a stiffer challenge as their visitors are unbeaten in five and chasing a Europa League place.

After a poor run in the league, Spurs are now ten points behind leaders Manchester City and only four ahead of Arsenal in fifth place. An away trip to Southampton won’t be easy; the Saints are on a decent run and fighting for their lives.

 

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Poch plays down Spurs lead

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has warned his side to forget about the three-goal advantage they hold over Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs powered to a 3-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie with the current Bundesliga leaders at Wembley, but Pochettino says that that will count for little when they run out for the second leg in Germany on Tuesday evening.

He told reporters: "We need to play like we always play – trying to win the game. It's so important to be aggressive, to start the game in a very good level, with a high tempo.

"They will start aggressively and we need to show the same aggression.

"We cannot think about the 3-0 advantage, it's not important now. We can't think it's going to be easy. If we think that, it's going to be a massive problem."

As well as having defeated BVB last month, Spurs also have the boost of knowing that the two meetings of the two teams at the group stage of the competition last season both finished in their favour.

The clash in Dortmund ended 2-1 to the visitors, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min scoring second-half goals for the Londoners.

Spurs can be backed at 14/5 to secure a draw on Tuesday evening, with a 2-2 final scoreline available at 10/1, while Kane is priced at 21/20 to score at any time in the game.

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Kane urges Spurs to ‘step up’

Tottenham skipper Harry Kane says he and his team-mates have to 'step up' to the pressure of trying to deliver in big games, both domestically and in Europe.

Spurs are back in action on Tuesday evening when they head to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, with the Londoners holding a 3-0 advantage from the home first leg.

That game comes with Tottenham having not won any of their last three Premier League matches, a run which has extinguished any lingering hopes they may have had of challenging for the title.

And Kane is aware that the pressure is on to deliver, telling reporters: "I wouldn't say we're one of the favourites to go and win it (the Champions League), but we've shown in certain games that we can beat the big teams.

"The thing for us now is that when the pressure's on and we need to step up, we find a way to get it done. We haven't done that in recent years."

Of the challenge of visiting Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, he added: "They'll have a great atmosphere there. They'll want to get out of the blocks firing and it's down to us to settle the nerves, play under pressure and make sure we dictate the game.

"It's not going to be easy, but it's down to us to put a performance in – we'll never have a better chance to get to a quarter-final."

Dortmund can be backed at 19/20 to win the game on Tuesday evening, while the draw is priced at 3/1, with Spurs 9/2 to keep a clean sheet.

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Premier League: More Drama on Derby Day at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal

Now, that was dramatic!

A point apiece in the Premier League North London derby, as well as a missed (or saved) penalty and a sending-off – and the latter two, were in stoppage time alone!

Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey had given the Gunners a first-half lead before Harry Kane continued his superb record in this fixture with a leveller from the spot.

These were just more Premier League 2019 highlights between these two arch-rivals, and the Premier League 2019 betting odds on who will claim a top-four finish gets no easier to predict for us fans.

Highlights of the game

Whether it is true or not, the mood in the home camp would not have been helped with the claim before kick-off that skipper Kane is said to be considering his future at the club.

Spurs were desperate to return to winning ways on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats to Burnley and Chelsea, while Arsenal had the incentive of knowing victory would keep them in fourth position and move them within a point of their neighbours.

After Alexander Lacazette scuffed wide early on, Arsenal made the breakthrough as the ball went from one box to the other very quickly.

Arsenal cleared as Kane took an extra touch before shaping to shoot, Davinson Sanchez misjudged his header, and Lacazette released Ramsey who raced clear from the halfway line and expertly rounded Hugo Lloris before rolling the ball into an empty net.

At this stage, Unai Emery’s team may have sensed weakness in the home ranks and came close to a second when Alex Iwobi cut inside in from the left, ghosted past Kieran Trippier, and Lloris pushed away his shot.

It took a superb double save from the ever-improving Bernd Leno just before the break to keep them in front.

Christian Eriksen was denied from Kane’s cross, and the German then intervened to keep out Moussa Sissoko after the grounded keeper managed to throw out his left hand to divert the ball to safety.

Harry Kane has stepped up to hinder Arsenal from winning in recent North London derby in Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane hits an equaliser during the North London derby in Premier League

Spurs, vying to register three consecutive top-flight home wins against Arsenal for the first time since 1961, had to improve but were nearly further behind shortly after the restart when Iwobi played in the unmarked Nacho Monreal whose cutback was fired wide by the waiting Lacazette.

It was Spurs’ chance to go close moments later when Toby Alderweireld lashed a volley into the side netting from Eriksen’s free-kick.

There were 17 minutes remaining when  Eriksen tried to find Kane with a free-kick, but Shkodran Mustafi bundled over the England striker and he made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Replays later showed Kane was marginally offside when Eriksen’s free-kick was played into the danger zone.

As if that was not controversial enough, 90 minutes were on the clock when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went down in the box under pressure from Sanchez and referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

However, the drama wasn’t over as Lloris, at fault for at least one of the goals Spurs conceded in midweek, redeemed himself by pushing away Aubameyang’s spot-kick.

It was also worth noting that Jan Vertonghen put in an incredible challenge to block Aubameyang’s follow-up.

As Spurs aim for a fourth consecutive top-four finish, it was clear that on fine margins can crucial league positions be determined.

After that, there was still time for Lucas Torreira to be shown a red card as he slid late into Danny Rose.

So, all square in the third meeting between the two clubs this term.

Spurs won at the Emirates in December in the League Cup, a modicum of consolation after they threw away a two-goal lead weeks earlier when Arsenal won a thriller.

Aubameyang was the hero on that day when Vertonghen was sent off. Perhaps this time it was a role reversal.

Key statistics

Kane (nine) is now the outright leading scorer in Premier League north London derbies, overtaking Emmanuel Adebayor who scored eight.

Arsenal’s only away league victory in this fixture in the past 11 attempts came in March 2014.

This ended Spurs’ Premier League record of 32 consecutive fixtures without a draw which stretched back to April last year. It was the longest top-flight run since Portsmouth’s 38-game streak in 1928-29.

Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League home game against Arsenal, winning three and drawing three.

Arsenal are winless in 22 Premier League away fixtures against other established top-six teams since beating Manchester City 2-0 in January 2015 (drawn eight, lost 14).

They are the only club not to have kept a Premier League away clean sheet in 2018-19.

What’s next?

It’s all away days now for Spurs for the rest of the month.

They travel to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday with a healthy advantage in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

It’s then a trip to the south coast next weekend to face Southampton in the Premier League and, after a free week followed by a break for internationals, visit Anfield on March 31 to take on league leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal have a more hectic schedule over the next 12 days.

They now meet Rennes, midtable in Ligue 1, twice in a week in the Europa League with another big Premier League clash, against Manchester United, in between.

 

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Premier League: Who’d say Burnley can beat Spurs? Barnes and Wood!

Burnley 2-1 Spurs

Harry Kane’s much anticipated comeback was spoiled at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime, as Sean Dyche’s Burnley shocked Spurs and walked away with all three points.

That the Clarets fought tooth and nail was no surprise, but the way they attacked the game with the scores level may have caught Spurs off their guard. And it was Burnley’s in-form strike duo Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood who scored either side of a Kane equaliser.

It all means that Spurs’ hopes of winning the Premier League have taken a mighty blow, while Burnley has moved away from the bottom three places, now six points clear and up in 13th place. The Premier League 2019 betting odds on Mauricio Pochettino’s team lifting the title are lengthening rapidly, as are the chances of Burnley going down.

Highlights of the game

The first half went much as expected as Spurs zipped the ball around with crisp passing and fast movement, while Burnley defended in numbers and tried to hit the visitors with a combination of long balls and fast breaks. The outcome was a goalless first 45 minutes, though Barnes came close after a sweeping Burnley move but his shot flew just over the bar, and Kane headed a good chance into the hands of the Burnley keeper.

Tom Heaton has been in superb form since his return to the Clarets’ team. And while he probably had a quieter day than he expected, he was called into action by a brilliant piece of play from Kane shortly after the break. The comeback kid made space for himself with quick feet and unleashed a beauty of a shot destined for the top corner, but Heaton flung himself across the goal to tip over.

It’s well worth watching the Premier League 2019 highlights to see a world class shot and save by the two England men.

Heung-Min Son has filled Harry Kane’s goal scoring shoes in the England man’s absence but he struggled to make much impression on a Burnley defence, well marshalled by man-of-the-match James Tarkowski. And then, on the hour, the Clarets stunned Spurs with the opener.

Young winger Dwight McNeill won the ball in midfield and earned a corner after a mazy run, and Chris Wood rose highest to head into the corner of the Spurs net from the dead ball kick.

Harry Kane managed to score but fails to uplift Tottenham as they were beaten 2-1 by Burnley in Premier League

Harry Kane scores on his return to Tottenham

Spurs fought back quickly and were level on 65 minutes when the quick thinking Danny Rose took a throw-in, about ten yards further forward than where the ball went out, and hurled his throw over the top of the Burnley defence to Kane who finished clinically.

The Whites had to wait until second half injury time before Christian Eriksen snatched a dramatic winner against the Clarets at Wembley in December.  And they went for another late win here, but then so did Burnley as Dyche threw on Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson. And it was the Icelandic winger who made the difference, rolling a clever pass across the penalty area for Barnes to tap in at the far post.

Turf Moor erupted as Spurs title hopes looked is disarray.

Key statistics

This was a big win for Burnley at pre-match us odds of 4.80 but in the end it was well deserved. Spurs dominated possession with 69 per cent of the ball, but while the shot count was won by the visitors 17 to ten, only two of the Clarets’ shots were from outside the area while ten of Spurs’ were.

It was a magnificent eight for the Clarets. Both Barnes and Wood have moved on to eight league goals and look very likely to finish the season in double figures. There aren’t many teams outside the top six that wouldn’t pay good money for a strike partnership like this.

Dyche’s team looks back to its best again, having gone eight games unbeaten since losing to Everton on Boxing Day.

It ended a run of four consecutive wins for Spurs, but it’s back-to-back away defeats in the league for the title chasers. And, amazingly Spurs still hasn’t drawn after 27 games this season, winning 20 and losing seven.

What’s next?

After winning a game they weren’t expected to, the Clarets now have a big week with games against teams in the mix in the bottom eight. First they travel to Newcastle on Tuesday and then they welcome Crystal Palace to Turf Moor.

Spurs has a rather different challenge with two huge London derbies on the way. They travel away to Chelsea and that will be a tough enough game, but then it’s the North London derby when Unai Emery’s Arsenal visits Wembley.

What a week!

 

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Spurs lose ground in title race

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino conceded that winning the title would be "difficult" after his side lost 2-1 at Burnley.

Harry Kane marked his comeback from injury with a goal but that was sandwiched between two for the home side at Turf Moor, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes on target for Sean Dyche's side who move further clear of the relegation zone with this victory.

Wood headed the Clarets in front early in the second half, Kane, in his first appearance since 13th January, got Spurs back on level terms, but Burnley regained the lead late on through a Barnes tap-in to secure the three points.

The win moves Burnley up into mid-table, six points clear of the relegation zone. They haven't lost in the league this year going eight games unbeaten after a poor start to the campaign.

Meanwhile Spurs, at the other end of the table, would have moved to within two points of Manchester City and Liverpool with victory at Turf Moor.

As it is they remain five off the pace having played a game more than Liverpool who will regain top spot in the Premier League if they avoid defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

Pochettino said after the Burnley defeat that mistakes had cost his side. He told Sky Sports: "We made a few mistakes and conceded two goals. There is nothing to say. Congratulations to Burnley. We don't deserve the defeat but that's football.

"I think it's important to understand that it was a game that is important for us. I believe before the game that if you want to be a contender you need three points."

Spurs are back in action in the Premier League on Wednesday night when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in a London derby.

They are 11/5 for the win with Maurizio Sarri's side 5/4 and the draw 9/4.

As well as the league Spurs are also still involved in the Champions League, having a 3-0 advantage over Borussia Dortmund after the first-leg of their round of 16 clash.

Spurs are 16/1 to win the Champions League this season with Real Madrid 9/1.

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Kane close to return

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says that Harry Kane is back in full training and could be involved against Burnley at the weekend.

The England striker has missed his team's last seven matches with ankle ligament damage. However, he has recovered quicker than expected and could even feature at Turf Moor on Saturday.

At a press conference Pochettino said that Kane would be assessed closely over the next couple of days before a decision is made.

He told reporters: "He [Kane] is very good. I think we need to assess him in tomorrow's training session and then decide.

"But I think he's doing well, I'm happy with him and maybe he's going to be available to be part of the squad for Saturday."

Pochettino was also hopeful that Dele Alli would soon be involved with the first team though he couldn't say when Kane's England team-mate would be back.

The Argentine added: "His progression is good, we're happy. This muscle injury is different in how we assess it.

"He's in the last part of his recovery and we'll see as soon as possible if he can be available to be involved with the team."

Spurs are 4/6 to win on Saturday with Burnley 4/1 and the draw 11/4.

With Liverpool not in action until Sunday and Manchester City involved in the EFL Cup final, Spurs have the chance to close the gap on the top two on Saturday.

Burnley meanwhile are on a seven-match unbeaten run but are still too close to the bottom three for comfort, having just a three-point advantage over Southampton who sit in the last relegation place.

Spurs are 20/1 to win the title this year while Burnley are 10/3 to be relegated.

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Kane closing on Spurs return

Tottenham Hotspur's star striker Harry Kane is set for a return to action in the very near future, having been sidelined for nearly a month by an ankle ligament injury.

England skipper Kane has not featured since the 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester United on Sunday 13th January, but Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino says his player is closing in on a return to the fold.

The Argentinian did, however, rule Kane out of both the league clash with Leicester City this weekend and the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

He told reporters ahead of the Wembley game against the Foxes on Sunday: "He's doing well, he's doing fantastic.

"We have to stop him every day, because he wants to be ahead of his recovery and he's very optimistic and his determination to play as soon as possible is unbelievable.

"If you see him, he's nearly ready to play, but we need to be realistic too. I think he's so close to come back again, not for Sunday and not for Wednesday, but we'll see after that."

Kane has scored 14 Premier League goals this season, the same number of Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero.

Only Arsenal frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (15) and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (16) have more to their name.

Kane can be backed at 10/1 to be the leading scorer in the Premier League come the end of the season, with Salah priced at 1/1 and Aguero available at 3/1.

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