Tottenham striker Harry Kane has revealed his excitement in the wake of the Lily White’s drawing Barcelona and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Spurs made it through to the last-16 of the competition last year only to be snuffed out by Italian giants Juventus 4-3 on aggregate. Pochettino’s men were the better side over much of the two legs but a mixture of inexperience and wasteful finishing ultimately cost them a place in the quarter-finals.
After finishing third in the Premier League last season, Kane and company will once again compete in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, with supporters hoping that the team can progress into the later rounds after Christmas.
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Domestically, Tottenham have won their opening three games and impressed with their clinical streak in front of goal and strong defensive structure, which managed to overwhelm Manchester United most recently in a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford on Monday night.
As The Mirror reports, Pochettino’s team were drawn in Group B of the Champions League against Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven at the official ceremony in Monaco on Thursday evening, which England striker Kane has embraced as a great challenge rather than a nightmare start for the North Londoners.
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According to The Mirror, He told reporters: “It’s a brilliant draw — games at famous stadiums like the Nou Camp, the San Siro. It’s a really good draw, one to relish.
“We showed people last season that we can compete at this level, particularly when you look at the games against Real Madrid, who went on to win the tournament.
“Barca will be a different test, but to play in the Nou Camp against some of the best players in the world… it’s fantastic to play in these types of games. You want to play in big games against the best players and this draw gives us a chance as a club to once again test ourselves against the best.
“PSV will be tough, a huge team in Holland and Inter as well — a great history. As I said, it’s a brilliant draw.”
Spurs have never managed to advance beyond the semifinals of the Champions League but there is a growing sense that under the stewardship of their Argentine tactician, the team is moving in the right direction and ready to start adding trophies to the cabinet at the club.
Despite being the only Premier League club not to sign a single player in the transfer window, Spurs are still one of the strongest sides in England and it seems that they are improving rapidly, which is ominous for the rest of their competition on the home front and overseas.