Harry Kane has said Tottenham must find a way to win matches when the pressure is on after dropping points in each of their last three games.
Spurs have lost ground of Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race, falling to defeats against Burnley and Chelsea on the road and drawing 1-1 with Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday.
The Londoners showed plenty of fight to get back into the game against Arsenal. Danny Rose revealed Mauricio Pochettino’s team talk was one of the best he’s witnessed – read more on those quotes here.
But Tottenham ultimately didn’t do enough to win the game, something Kane believes the team has struggled with when under pressure in recent matches.
Pochettino’s men travel to Borussia Dortmund aiming to get the job done in Germany after a 3-0 first leg victory in the Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Asked if Spurs have a genuine shot at success in Europe this term, Kane was hopeful but brought up the concern alluded to above.
“I wouldn’t say we’re one of the favourites to go and win it but we’ve shown in certain games, like this year and last year against Real Madrid and Barcelona, that we can beat the big teams,” Kane said (via ESPN).
“The thing for us now is, kind of like this [last] week, when the pressure’s on and we need to step up, we need to find a way to get it done. We haven’t done that in recent years, we haven’t done that this week, and that’s going to be the difference.
“That’s the turning point we’ve got to try and achieve. The most important thing is to get through on Tuesday and, bit by bit, if you beat the big teams it gives you a bit more belief.”
It was at this stage of the Champions League last season when Tottenham threw away a lead against Juventus, losing 2-1 at Wembley and seeing their European dream end – they must make sure that doesn’t happen again this time around.