Harry Kane just stated the obvious, but sometimes it’s nice to hear it coming from prominent members of the squad. Speaking in a press conference ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade today, Tottenham’s vice captain admitted that this is the hardest period he’s had with Spurs since he became a regular part of the first team, but said that it’s not too late for the team to pull themselves out of it.
“Yeah, probably, I’d say [this is the toughest spell]. When you look at the results it’s not been easy. Of course we all want to be winning games. The manager wants to be winning games.
“It’s another challenge, another challenge in my career, the club’s time and team’s career. It’s about trying to overcome that. It’s not going to be a straight path to success. There’s going to be bumps along the way. At the moment we’re at one and we’ve got to overcome that.
“I think the standards we’ve set over the last four or five years have been very high. We’ve spoken about maybe being ahead of the plan when the gaffer and myself first started. Now when things are not going so well, people are going to wonder why of course and try to put a finger on it. This season little things haven’t gone our way which in other years might have done.
It certainly hasn’t been an easy period for Kane or the rest of the Tottenham squad. The club has rarely come out of the gate flying, but this season has already seen Spurs lose at home to Newcastle and away to Colchester United in the League Cup. Spurs are still reeling from the past few weeks which included a 7-2 Champions League shellacking by Bayern Munich and a league loss at Brighton.
Today, Spurs have another chance to rebound against Red Star, and Kane was quick to note that have faced early adversity in the Champions League before and came out okay.
“If we can win tomorrow night it will put us in a better position [in the Champions League] than last year and we ended up going to the final.
“We have to believe and every game fight and fight for each other and who knows what’s possible. It is important to start well, come out of the blocks with loads of energy, with and without the ball, and try and get ahead and win the game.
“It is important for us as a team to stick together, keep working hard, doing our best on the pitch and hopefully we can win tomorrow and it can kick us on to another winning run.”
The cynical Spurs fan won’t see much reason to be optimistic in this match considering Spurs’ past run of form, but a solid performance today could be the spark that starts the flame of Tottenham’s resurgence this season. We’ll know for sure in a few hours.