Kane: We're motivated to get one back over the Gunners
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 December 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur will look to progress into the League Cup semi-finals with a win at the Emirates Stadium this week
Spurs go back to Arsenal on Wednesday for a League Cup quarter-final tie and Harry Kane is eager to get one back on their local rivals.
The previous north London derby encounter this season, at the start of the month, saw the Gunners secure a 4-2 win in a fiery fixture.
Seven yellow cards were handed out, including two to Jan Vertonghen, and tempers spilled over several times at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur will be desperate to claim bragging rights this time and with a place in the last four of the League Cup at stake, there is plenty riding on the match.
“Revenge is a strong word, but of course we will be motivated,” Kane said, at the beginning of this month.
“It was a heated derby and what you want a derby to be like, but you obviously don’t want to be on the losing end of it.
“This is an opportunity for us to get one back if we can. I am sure all the fans will be looking forward to going at it again and we will as well.”
Kane has not featured at all in Tottenham’s League Cup campaign to date, but given the opposition and the fact it is a quarter-final, he may well play at the Emirates.
He was not even among the substitutes for the shoot-out success over Watford in the third round at Stadium MK or the 3-1 triumph at West Ham United in round four.
Spurs managed to get the job done without him twice, but if they are to progress against their rivals, he will surely have to lead the line.
Whoever is selected for the game against Arsenal will be aware of the significance of the tie, but Kane admitted the Gunners deserved their 4-2 triumph on December 2.
First-half goals by Eric Dier and the Tottenham forward put Spurs ahead after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot-kick in the 10th minute.
Aubameyang levelled early in the second half though, and goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira handed the Gunners bragging rights in the first meeting this term.
Kane admitted: “Of course it hurt. It was a derby game and you never want to lose those types of games.
“Credit to them, they were probably the better team on the day, but it was important for us to dust it off.”
Tottenham will hope this time it is Arsenal who have to cope with a derby defeat.