Harry Kane believes that Tottenham Hotspur will not be in the Champions League just to make up the numbers, but will aim to get as far as possible in the competition.
The Lilywhites secured their place in Europe’s elite competition for the second time in their history after finishing third place in the Premier League last season.
The last time Spurs were in the competition they flew through to the quarter-finals. The run saw a memorable win against AC Milan as well as a 3-1 over Internazionale.
Last term's third-placed finish however means they will not be seeded in the competition and so are likely to receive a harder draw, when the group stages are drawn on August 25th in Monaco.
It’s been our aim for a long time
The striker admitted that a top four finish, which would guarantee a place in the competition “is what the club has always been aiming for” and therefore it “was the aim at the start of last season.”
Kane believes Spurs can target a successful European campaign, adding that, “it isn’t just about participating in the Champions League” as the club “want to progress, do as well as we can, keep getting better and hopefully go as far as we can in the competition.”
A tough task ahead
The Champions League attracts the biggest clubs in Europe and Kane expects tougher games as a result. However, the Englishman is relishing the opportunity to prove his worth at the highest level. He commented: “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.”
He also added that the challenge would help the club prove themselves as a top team as he explained: “If you want to be a top team you have to be able to cope with that [the tougher games] and deal with it so we’ll have to manage that throughout the season.”
One way in which the club has looked to lower the impact on key players such as Kane is by bringing in back-up players to beef up the squad.
Spurs have so far signed midfielder Victor Wanyama and striker Vincent Janssen to improve their chances in both competitions, while more additions are still expected.