Spurs striker Harry Kane picks out the ‘only thing’ the club can play for this season

Spurs striker Harry Kane picks out the ‘only thing’ the club can play for this season

Spurs striker Harry Kane says the Premier League top four is the “only thing” the club have left to play for this season.

The north London outfit only have next season’s Champions League to compete for following their exit from this season’s competition at the hands of AC Milan. They currently sit in fourth place with 12 league games remaining.

The Italian side played out a goalless draw in the capital on Wednesday evening, winning 1-0 on aggregate over the two legs thanks to Brahim Diaz’s early goal in Milan last month.

The disappointing evening capped off an utterly miserable week for Spurs, who were knocked out of the FA Cup fifth round by Sheffield United before losing to Wolves in the Premier League.

And interestingly, it was upcoming opponents Nottingham Forest who knocked Spurs out of the League Cup third round back in November.

Spurs not at their best

Kane did his utmost to break the deadlock on Wednesday night, coming closest with a late header that was well saved by Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

And now the striker has analysed exactly what went wrong, explaining that his club were deservedly knocked out of the competition despite their best efforts.

“We gave it everything, left all our energy and heart out on the pitch and it wasn’t enough,” said Kane, as per the Spurs website. “Over the two legs, if we’re brutally honest, I don’t think we can say we deserved to win.

“Both games were even, and it came down to a decisive goal. I don’t think we were at our best, we had some moments in the game when we needed to be better, good positions on the pitch where maybe other teams would punish you but we’re not quite doing that to the opposition at the moment.

“We’ve got to be more effective especially in the opposition’s final third because we’re getting into good positions and we’re just not taking control of that.”


Spurs can only play for top four

Kane and his teammates have the chance to right a few wrongs when they host Forest on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League Now out of all cup competitions, perhaps Spurs can use the lack of distractions to their advantage in the months to come.

Winnable fixtures against Forest and Southampton complete the month of March, with April presenting tricky challenges against high-flying Manchester United, Newcastle and Brighton, as well as a resurgent Liverpool.

Other league matches against Everton and Bournemouth are also scheduled for next month in what will be a crucial and busy period for Spurs.

“Now we are here again against Forest and hopefully we can score a couple of goals and have a big push for the rest of the season,” Kane added. “We have no option. 

“It’s been a tough week for everyone, the fans especially, and we just need to push on now. The top four is the only thing we can play for, we did it last year with a strong finish at the end of the season so we have to keep fighting and see where we can go.”

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