Harry Kane lamented a big second half miss that could have given Tottenham a famous win against reigning European champions Real Madrid, but he believes his side made a statement in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Kane was denied a second half goal by a brilliant fingertip save from Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas, with Spurs missing other chances to score a second goal that could have pave the way for a victory.
Yet despite the disappointment for Kane, he was satisfied with the Tottenham performance in the Spanish capital, as they moved a step closer to the knock-out stages by maintaining their unbeaten record in Group H.
“We are happy. Of course they are going to have chances but we played well and made it tough for them,” he told BT Sport. “A point at Bernabeu, you would take that every day of the week. It shows how far we have come as a team.
“It puts us in a great position and we play them again in a fortnight. It shows we can handle it at this level and that what it is all about.”
When asked to reflect on his near miss that could have fired Tottenham ahead when he was sent clear on goal, the England striker admitted he had been denied by a fine piece of goalkeeping.
“I thought I did everything right, I opened my body, I put the ball where I wanted to and he made a very good save,” reflected Kane.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side made a statement with their performance against Real Madrid, as he changed his tactics and included Fernando Llorente in his starting line-up as he looked to attack his illustrious opponents.
“The result is not the most important today,” the Spurs boss told reporters. “Having competed with Real Madrid today is what makes me happiest.
“Our team is still a work in progress. It is important to get these boosts, last season we could not compete at this level in Champions League. It was a big challenge for us, to come here and compete with Madrid at the Bernabeu. We now have the feeling we can do that.
“Not just tactics, mental level fundamental in game like this. We are still in construction, but we’ve taken step forward. This type of performance must help us to believe more, and to trust in ourselves, the way we play. We are still very young team.”