Davies backs Kane to shine as Spurs prepare for ‘massive night’

Date published: Tuesday 13th September 2016 12:55

Ben Davies: Backing Harry Kane to excel in the Champions League

Ben Davies: Backing Harry Kane to excel in the Champions League

Harry Kane is ready to announce himself on the Champions League stage, according to Tottenham team-mate Ben Davies.

Kane was on target for the first time this season in Spurs’ 4-0 Premier League win at Stoke on Saturday, thereby ending a run of nine games without a goal which included England’s miserable time at Euro 2016.

The 23-year-old won the Premier League’s golden boot last season with 25 goals and scored 32 times overall for club and country.

But he has yet to play in the Champions League with his only experience of European football so far coming in the Europa League.

“As a team we all hope it (Champions League) can be the stage for Harry,” said Davies.

“He’s a top, top player. We saw that last season.

“Hopefully he can repeat some of the form he showed last season and get some goals.”


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Kane’s return to the goal trail has come at a perfect time for Spurs with the club starting their Champions League campaign at home to Monaco on Wednesday night.

Spurs will play their home games in the competition at Wembley as they transform White Hart Lane into a 61,000-capacity stadium.

Arsenal struggled with their own Wembley relocation as they won just two of their six fixtures in Europe when temporarily playing there in the late 1990s, but Davies believes the move could prove to be beneficial to Spurs.

“The pitch feels a lot bigger than it does at White Hart Lane and I think it suits our game,” said Davies.

“We are a fit team, we like to pass the ball around, and we can use that to our advantage.

“We hope we do better there (than Arsenal), we have put our preparations in place and we will train there again before the first game.

“It will be a massive night and one that, as players, these are the stages you dream of playing on.

“I think we have nearly sold out all the tickets for it and, with that amount of fans and the atmosphere that can create, then hopefully they will be special nights for us.”

Spurs and Monaco are joined in Group E by Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow in what should be a very competitive section.

But Wales defender Davies has special motivation for Spurs to make it all the way to the final, with the showpiece occasion being held in Cardiff next June.

“It’s a pretty reasonable group. Out of the teams we could have drawn we have to be pleased,” Davies said at a UEFA Champions League gala dinner to launch the ‘Road to Cardiff’.

“But we are not going to underestimate any of the teams we come up against.

“The away trips will always be tough so we have to make our home form count against these teams.

“We have had the experience of the Europa League over the last couple of seasons, and hopefully that will help us in the Champions League to put in some good performances.

“It would be incredible if we can do something as special to get to the final, but to get some of the world’s best players on our doorstep is something special for Welsh football as a whole.”

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