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Kane: ‘We’re backing ourselves to go through’

Striker confident after Spurs blow Champions League lead at Olympiakos

19 September, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

HARRY Kane said Spurs “must improve” after seeing his side throw away a 2-0 lead at Olympiakos last night (Wednesday) in the Champions League.

The England striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half, before Lucas Moura doubled Tottenham’s lead with a scorching 20-yard thunderbolt.

But Olympiakos pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time courtesy of an exquisite finish from Portuguese winger Daniel Podence.

The home side then equalised with a penalty of their own early in the second half – France forward Mathieu Valbuena confidently beating compatriot Hugo Lloris.

Last season’s beaten finalists are now up against it as they face Bayern Munich in their next Group B match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And Kane admits Spurs have “made it difficult” for themselves.

“Obviously when we went 2-0 up after 30 minutes we were in a great position. We hadn’t played too well, but we were starting to control the game, and we got two goals to put ourselves right up there.

“Conceding the goal right before half-time really changed the momentum, and that’s disappointing from our point of view.

“We wanted to get off to a winning start, but it’s still a point away from home. We’re still backing ourselves to go through, but we know we’ve got a lot of improving to do.”

Two goals in four minutes saw Spurs recover from a sloppy start to take control of the match in Greece.

Kane dusted himself off to break the deadlock from the spot after being tripped in the area by defender Yassine Meriah.

Moura then produced a moment of magic, slamming the ball home after good work by Ben Davies.

Olympiakos deservedly reduced the deficit seconds before the break when Podence combined well with Valbuena before drilling a clever finish into the corner of the net.

A comedy of errors then gifted them the leveller. Christian Eriksen, who put in a below-par performance throughout the match, failed to clear his lines which allowed Valbuena to receive the ball inside the area and Jan Vertonghen carelessly tripped him from behind.

The striker picked himself up to stroke home from the spot.


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