Spurs bank on Kane

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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 to­day.

The Lon­don side have lost both of their home games so far, to lead­ers Monaco and then sec­ond-placed 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 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 STRIKER Harry Kane has con­firmed he is in talks to sign an im­proved con­tract with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and re­it­er­ated that he has no in­ten­tion of ag­i­tat­ing for a trans­fer away from his boyhood club.

Kane, the league’s top scorer last sea­son, has strug­gled with an an­kle in­jury for a part of the cur­rent cam­paign, mak­ing seven Premier League ap­pear­ances so far, but made a scor­ing re­turn against in the north Lon­don derby Arse­nal on Novem­ber 6.

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

He fol­lowed that up with two late goals to give his side a 3-2 home win over West Ham United on Satur­day, keep­ing Spurs fifth in the ta­ble, a point be­hind Arse­nal.

“I am happy at the club and want to be here for a long, long time,” Kane, whose cur­rent con­tract runs till June 2020, told Bri­tish media.

“We are in talks and I’m sure we will get some­thing sorted. I’m not pan­ick­ing and I’m

love to re­mind doubt­ing English fans of his qual­ity.

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-an­hour 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 not de­mand­ing any­thing as I’ve read in the pa­per.

“We’re hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion and I have no doubts that we will get it sorted. As I say, I want to be here for a long time and I am sure I will be.”

Tot­ten­ham travel to take on Monaco in the Cham­pi­ons League to­day, be­fore a visit to league lead­ers Chelsea on Satur­day for their third Lon­don derby in a row. — Reuters

of last sea­son’s draw at home to Spurs in the Europa League to qual­ify for the knock­out stage with a game to spare.

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