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Harry Kane believes that Tottenham Hotspur can win the Champions League this season, per The Daily Star.
Spurs defied the odds to reach the final last season, though they fell at the final hurdle as they were beaten by Liverpool in Madrid.
This season, they have been in poor form, however, and have won just three times in the Premier League, along with once in Europe.
Nevertheless, they lie second in Group B, having thumped Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in north London, drawn 2-2 with Olympiacos and been beaten 7-2 by Bayern Munich.
A win in Serbia on Wednesday would go a long way to helping the club reach the knockout stages and Kane is confident that Spurs have the ability to top their run to the final in 2018/19.
He said: “Obviously, the Champions League campaign last year was so good for us. We got further than a lot of people thought we would.
“We’ve got to try to find a way of consistently winning games. We’re here to win trophies. If we can win one of the trophies we are still in, we will see that as a success.
“Can we still go all the way? I think so. You look at where we started in the group stage last year and where we got to, we proved a lot of people wrong. We’re in a better position now.
“If we win this game, we’d be in a great spot to qualify and then in the knock-out stage, as you saw last year, it can go anyone’s way so that’s the thing we’ve got to take.”
Spurs qualified from their Champions League group last season despite taking just one point from their opening three games and they even got a point in the Camp Nou against Barcelona to progress.
Already this season, they are in a better position, as Kane says.
Now, of course, Spurs did not get thumped 7-2 last year in an utterly humiliating result but even so, this team have shown that they can turn it on in Europe.
Few expected them to beat Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax last term but Spurs managed it and Kane is right: getting out of the group is half the battle.
Manage that, and anything could happen.
With Kane fit and firing – he has 10 goals in 13 appearances already this season – the England international could well get his hands on some silverware after all.