Tottenham will have to take game to Swansea


"I think it's an exciting game for us".

Spurs are still awaiting their first Premier League win at their temporary home and were unable to build on Wednesday's Champions League success against Borussia Dortmund.

A second string lineup exited the League Cup as soon as they faced top flight opposition, with a team featuring Kevin Wimmer, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tom Carroll, Josh Onomah, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou and Vincent Janssen losing 2-1 at Liverpool.

Although Mauricio Pochettino's men huffed and puffed in the first half, they struggled to get into threatening positions and were largely limited to speculative efforts from distance.

"There's no doubt Harry Kane is one of the best strikers", said Pochettino. The Spanish side easily defeated APOEL 3-0.

The north Londoners were also missing Victor Wanyama and Danny Rose against Germany's league leaders, but that pair were forgotten thanks to Eric Dier and Ben Davies.

His impressive form, affordable price (5.7m) and Spurs' home tie with Swansea prompted many to bring him into their side.

He has been involved in a number of ugly incidents in recent times; including a year ago when he was banned for three games after punching Claudio Yacob in an off-the-ball incident against West Brom.

Speaking in June, the 24-year-old voiced his desire to challenge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or, and Pochettino believes he can do that at Tottenham, regardless of their collective success.

Scoring 15 goals and laying down an assist in the league last season, the forward was expected to be reunited with his former boss Antonio Conte, after the relationship between the club and Diego Costa started to deteriorate.

But Pochettino is adamant they can play better than they are now.

Paul Clement: "We're going to England's national stadium to play in front of a massive crowd against one of the best teams in the country". It's like the case of Erik Lamela.

Dortmund played well and gave themselves plenty of chances.

Vincent Janssen, 23, was bought by Spurs from AZ last summer to provide cover and competition for Kane, but he proved unable to step up to the challenge of the Premier League and is now on loan at Fenerbahce.