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Spurs ready to turn on the style at their new Wembley home

Stoke City 0 Tottenham 4

By Steve Madeley

Published 12/09/2016

Drought ends: Harry Kane scores his first goal of the season
Drought ends: Harry Kane scores his first goal of the season

Harry Kane believes Tottenham can carry their stylish Stoke form into the Champions League as they prepare to take their campaign to Wembley on Wednesday.

Kane broke his lengthy goal drought as Spurs swept aside Stoke to give themselves the perfect prelude for their return to the top table against Monaco.

And, despite moving European home games from White Hart Lane, Kane believes Mauricio Pochettino's men will be happy in their surroundings.

"A lot of us have played there already, so it feels like even more of a home," said the England man, who scored his side's fourth goal to become the fastest Spurs player to 50 Premier League goals.

"Everyone knows how iconic Wembley is, but that's what we've got to be careful of, Monaco are going to come here and it's a big occasion for them as well.

"We have to make sure we're ready for that.

"We're not there just to participate. We want to go as far as we can, we feel we have a group that we can definitely qualify from.

"A good start is important."

Saturday's win signalled a return to form for Tottenham after a low-key start to the season.

That followed a poor end to last season, when they collected just two points from their final four games to drop out of title contention.

But Pochettino believes his side have put memories of the last campaign to bed, thanks in part to a lengthy pre-season discussion with his squad.

"Our first meeting when they arrived from their holidays was an hour and a half and I told them all my feelings and my emotions," Pochettino revealed.

"This was a very tough and very good meeting because it is important now to be focused on this season. The past is in the past and now in the present we have a lot of challenges."

Stoke, meanwhile, have continued their disagreement with referees and demanded answers after manager Mark Hughes claimed his side are singled out for punishment.

Hughes was sent to the stands on Saturday in his latest run-in with referees and the Stoke manager later claimed his side are targeted by officials.

He revealed the club contacted refereeing authorities even before the weekend to complain after they were angered by penalties given to Manchester City and Everton.

"They seem to be vigilant and more of a stickler for the rules when Stoke City are involved," said Hughes, who was ordered from the dugout for leaving his technical area to protest after Marko Arnautovic was booked for diving.

"This season I've been told about the new directives and I should have known better but emotion gets the better of you sometimes and that's why I reacted. I watched the Manchester derby and saw one of the managers step on the pitch and nothing was done about that."


STOKE: Given, Cameron, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan (Bojan, 67 mins), Allen, Imbula (Adam, 71 mins), Walters, Arnautovic, Bony. Unused subs: Grant, Bardsley, Muniesa, Crouch, Sobhi.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama (Lamela, 55 mins), Son, Alli, Eriksen (Sissoko, 78 mins), Kane (Janssen, 73 mins). Unused subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Man of the match: Son Heung-min

Match rating: 7/10

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