Harry Kane insists Tottenham can go far in the Champions League this season

England's Harry Kane

Spurs will make their long-awaited return to the competition in the coming campaign.

England's Harry KaneEngland's Harry Kane

Harry Kane has insisted Tottenham are not just in the Champions League to make up numbers, in an interview with the club’s official website.

Spurs return to Europe’s premier competition this season after five years in the Europa League and the 23-year old is confident they will leave their mark.

“It’s what the club has always been aiming for and that was the aim at the start of last season, to get into the Champions League, and we managed that,” said Kane.

Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans after the gameTottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans

“It isn’t just about participating in the Champions League, though, we want to progress, do as well as we can, keep getting better and hopefully go as far as we can in the competition.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s men will go straight into the group stages and will be in either pot 2 or 3 for August 25th’s Champions League draw.

The Lilywhites competed well in their only other participation in the competition in the 2010-11 season -where they were knocked out by Real Madrid in the quarter finals – and they will be eager to match that kind of showing.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos in action against Tottenham's Gareth BaleReal Madrid's Sergio Ramos in action against Gareth Bale

Much has been made of the ill-effects of Europa League football on a team’s domestic form and with the stakes higher in the Champions League, the ability to rotate the bulk of the team or give game time to youngsters is severely limited.

Pochettino will need to call on every ounce of his managerial knowhow to ensure his squad is able to compete on all fronts this season, but Kane is confident the players can handle the load.


England's Harry KaneEngland's Harry Kane

“It’ll be a challenge. We’ll be playing better teams and they’re tougher games so it maybe takes a little bit more out of you but that’s part of it. If you want to be a top team you have to be able to cope with that and deal with it so we’ll have to manage that throughout the season,” he added.

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