Tottenham's Champions League victory first step to making Wembley home, says Kane

Ben Pearce
Harry Kane celebrates scoring his first and Tottenham’s second goal in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane said the club’s 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund was the first step to banishing their Wembley woes.

Spurs got their tough Champions League campaign off to a flyer thanks to Son Heung-Min’s sole strike and a Kane brace.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have endured well-publicised teething pains at England’s national stadium, crashing out at the group stage of Europe’s top competition last season with only one win at the ground.

They failed to beat Burnley there only a matter of weeks ago, but Kane and Son ensured that the current Bundesliga leaders didn’t prolong Spurs’ Wembley hoodoo.

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Speaking after the game, Kane said: “We want to make this place like White Hart Lane last year, where it’s very difficult for teams to beat us.

“It’s a bit boost for us, a big boost for the fans, against a good Dortmund side.”

“We want to prove ourselves against the best in Europe, and we definitely did that. We played very well, we were clinical when we needed to be and I thought we deserved to win.

“Everyone knows Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe, and when [other teams] see we’ve won 3-1 – it probably could have been 4-1 or 5-1 as we had a couple more chances – it’s definitely a statement, and that’s what we wanted to do.

“We’re in this competition to try and get very far in it. It’s a tough group but a night like that will only help us.”


The Tottenham striker’s only frustration was that he was unable to add a third goal to his haul before being replaced by Fernando Llorente late on.

“I wanted to get the hat-trick,” he added. “I had a couple of chances in that second half and it would have been nice to get the first Champions League hat-trick.

“But I’m happy with the two goals. The most important thing as always is the win and I was dragging at the end there, I was tired, so the gaffer probably made the right decision [in taking me off].”

At the other end of the field, 21-year-old summer signing Davinson Sanchez passed another test in the centre of Tottenham’s three-man defence.

Another of those defenders, Toby Alderweireld was quick to praise his new team-mate, insisting he is showing all the signs of a top quality defender.

He said: “He was very good I think. We tried to help him.

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“He’s very young but for his age he’s a very quality player. He likes to learn a lot. We talk a lot to help each other, so that’s a good sign.”

The bad news is Spurs will lose Jan Vertonghen from their rearguard for their next Champions League match against Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus after he was shown a second yellow card in the closing stages, having accidentally caught Mario Gotze with a swinging arm.

Vertonghen himself added: “I didn’t agree with it. I had no intention of hitting him. For me it was a mistake.

“I was trying to win the ball, protect it, but had no intention to hit him. I think a couple of guys made too much of it.

“Still the feeling is good. It was one of the most important games for us in this competition. This is probably the team we were looking at the most so it’s good for us that we won.”


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