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The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TOT­TEN­HAM HOT­SPUR are hop­ing Eng­land striker Harry Kane’s re­turn to fit­ness and im­me­di­ate scor­ing form will help keep their Cham­pi­ons League Group E hopes alive when they visit AS Monaco to­mor­row morn­ing.

The Lon­don side have lost both of their home games so far, to lead­ers Monaco and then sec­ond­placed Bayer Lev­erkusen.

The Ger­mans now sit two points above them af­ter win­ning 1-0 at Wem­b­ley on Match­day Four, and Spurs badly need to make up ground this week.

They got a boost in the Premier League at home to lo­cal ri­vals West Ham United on Satur­day, turn­ing a 2-1 deficit into an un­likely 3-2 vic­tory when Kane, only re­cently re­turned from in­jury, scored twice in the last few min­utes.

“It’s a must-win game (in Monaco) and this gives us a big high to go out there and win,” Kane (car­i­ca­ture) told BT Sport af­ter his dra­matic dou­ble at White Hart Lane.

Spurs man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino added: “The last month has been tough for us and it’s fan­tas­tic to dis­cover that feel­ing again for the games ahead.

“The first is a game we must win against Monaco and it’s for that rea­son we need to have the men­tal­ity and feel­ing that we can go to Monaco and win.”

Tot­ten­ham re­main the only un­beaten side in the Premier League, al­though six draws in their 12 games means they are only fifth in the ta­ble, al­beit four points be­hind the lead­ers.

Monaco are sec­ond in Ligue 1, three points off the pace, af­ter a com­fort­able 3-0 vic­tory at Lori­ent.

Colom­bia striker Radamel Fal­cao con­tin­ued his fine run with an­other goal for the prin­ci­pal­ity side and, af­ter hap­less spells with Manch­ester United and Chelsea, would love to re­mind doubt­ing English fans of his qual­ity. Chelsea’s Diego Costa (No. 19) scores against Mid­dles­brough dur­ing their Premier League match at The River­side Sta­dium in Mid­dles­brough yes­ter­day.

He scored twice in the last Cham­pi­ons League fix­ture, an easy 3-0 win against CSKA Moscow, which fol­lowed two draws and a 2-1 win in their open­ing game at Spurs.

Bernardo Silva and Le­mar scored in the first half-an-hour against Tot­ten­ham while Po­chet­tino’s side were still ad­just­ing to Wem­b­ley, where they are play­ing Cham­pi­ons League games as they start con­struc­tion of a new sta­dium at White Hart Lane.

The French side now need only a re­peat of last sea­son’s draw at home to Spurs in the Europa League to qual­ify for the knock­out stage with a game to spare. – Reuters

– REUTERSPIX

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