Tottenham v Dortmund: 5 reasons Spurs will break their Wembley curse

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) /
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ENFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur speaks during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Borussia Dortmund at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on September 12, 2017 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
ENFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur speaks during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Borussia Dortmund at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on September 12, 2017 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /

1. Harry Kane is determined

Call me a happy clapper if you wish, but there was just something about the way Kane spoke about this match in yesterday’s press conference that caught my attention. He had the look of a player who was fed up with all the negativity surrounding Tottenham’s play in the Champions League and/or at Wembley.

As a result of that determined spirit, I’m betting on Kane to play an absolute blinder against Dortmund. Of course he’ll need more than his will to break down the Bundesliga giants. Fortunately he also has the talent and skills required to break down their defense.

As usual, Kane’s constant movement without the ball will be a key during the match. He’s the rare striker who can create scoring opportunities for his team without ever touching the ball. Both he and Christian Eriksen are marvelous at creating space with their runs off the ball. Without Dele Alli on the pitch, expect Kane’s runs into space to be even more prominent than usual.

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Of course, for Spurs to win they’ll likely need Kane to find the back of the net. Luckily for Pochettino and company, he’s an excellent finisher too. One wrong move by Dortmund’s defense could give Kane just the space required to punish them on the score sheet. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Kane bags a brace today. He’ll lead his team to a crucial emotional win.