LONDON — Tottenham’s English contingent can ensure Wembley becomes a home away from home in the Champions League, says striker Harry Kane.
Spurs return to the competition tomorrow (2.45am) when they welcome Monaco to London, though it will be at Wembley, rather than White Hart Lane, where they entertain clubs this term while they transform their stadium.
The crowd is expected to set a record for the largest attendance for a home Champions League game in Britain, yet fans of rival club Arsenal can testify to the struggles of Wembley relocation as they won just two of their six games in Europe when temporarily playing there in the late 1990s.
However, while Kane is mindful of Monaco rising to the occasion too, he believes a strong English core which includes regular internationals Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and himself, can help them instantly settle in not-so-unfamiliar surroundings, reported Evening Standard.
“If there are 85-90,000 Spurs fans in there it’s only going to make you play better,” said Kane.
“A lot of us have played there already, so it feels like even more of a home. Everyone knows how iconic Wembley is, but that’s what we’ve got to be careful of, Monaco are going to come here and it’s a big occasion for them as well.
“We have to make sure we’re ready for it.”
Spurs head into their Monaco meeting on a high as they thrashed Stoke 4-0 away on Saturday, with Kane ending a nine-game goal drought by scoring for the 50th time in the Premier League.
“The lads are excited and we wanted a good result here,”
“Now we can go there and enjoy the record-breaking crowd; it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere and the lads cannot wait to play.
“There’s a buzz about that one and coming off the back of a 4-0 win you can’t ask for much more. We have to prepare well for Wednesday now.
“We’re not there just to participate. We want to go as far as we can, we feel we have a group that we can definitely qualify from. A good start is important.”
Kane’s strike came after Dele Alli had also opened his account for the campaign and Son Heung-Min had scored a brace at bet365 Stadium.
Unlike his English colleagues, the South Korean got his first taste of the most famous stadium in England when Spurs trained there recently.
“For every player, it’s a dream to play in the Champions League,” the 24-year-old said.
“For me also, It’s two years since I played in the Champions League. I can’t wait for this night.
“My first time I went training at Wembley, the stadium was unbelieveable. I’m excited to play there, so many fans will be there and we have to win this game.”