Harry Kane still not over Spurs’ Champions League heartache

Harry Kane confessed his ongoing struggles to move on from Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool last month.

It’s now been seven weeks since Kane and Spurs’ European dream came crashing down upon losing 2-0 to Liverpool in the final.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side simply couldn’t make the desired impact in Madrid despite Liverpool’s below-par performance.

Kane, meanwhile, got the nod over semi-final treble hero Lucas Moura for the final after returning from injury. However, the normally-prolific English striker was ineffective against Liverpool’s strong defence and was made to settle for a runners-up medal instead.

“It was a tough one to take,” said Kane, according to The Telegraph.

“We did extremely well to reach the Champions League final and, of course, when you get to those big games and you don’t quite perform the way you know you can, that’s always the bit that hurts you the most.

“We know it was there for the taking and that’s something we have to deal with and something we’ve had to think about over the summer.

“It’s a hard one to get over but, all in all, with everything surrounding us, the start at Wembley, and things like that, I think we did extremely well.

“It’s now given us the confidence and belief that we can be in the big games, the Champions League finals, so it’s down to us this season to try and perform again.”

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The defeat in Spain means Kane’s wait for silverware continues after finishing runners-up with Spurs in both the 2015 EFL Cup and last season’s Champions League.

And the 25-year-old even admits he doesn’t want to see last month’s match again.

“I haven’t [watched it back]. I don’t want to watch it,” admitted Kane.

“As a player, you know when you could have done better, you could have done more.

“It’s a hard one because it’s probably one of the biggest games we’ll ever play in our careers and to let it slide by is always a tough one to take.

“It’s an experience we need to learn from and I’ve said before, it’s not the easiest final to get over, but with the belief we have in the squad, we know we’re capable of doing that.

“You have to move on. Those type of losses always stay with you for a while, I don’t think you ever fully get over them. I’ve been involved in a few in my career, but it makes you stronger, it makes you more determined, it builds the fire in the belly to get back there and, when we do hopefully get back there, prove a point.

“We’ve had the summer to reflect and move on, and I think before every season you’re more excited about the season ahead that looking in the past.”

Kane and Spurs will be in action against Juventus in Singapore for Sunday for their International Champions Cup (ICC) opener.

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected as he walks off the stage after receiving his runners-up medal after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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