Alan Shearer makes surprise claim about Tottenham chances in Champions League
By Danny Wright
Alan Shearer has surprisingly claimed that Tottenham have the ability to beat some of the big boys in the Champions League this season, including group stage rivals Real Madrid.
Spurs kick off their group stage campaign on Wednesday night when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side has also been drawn alongside Real Madrid and APOEL Nicosia in Group H, but Newcastle legend Shearer sees no reason as to why Spurs couldn’t get out of their group and so by beating the likes of Madrid.
“Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are currently a level above at the moment,” said the ex-England international on the Sun website.
“That does not mean we cannot challenge and join them in the latter stages and get past them in a two-legged tie.
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“I look at the riches in the squads of the Manchester clubs and the strength in the first teams of Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool and find no reasons why that should not be the case.”
Shearer has also called on Harry Kane to lead the charge for Spurs as they look to put to bed what was a very poor outing in the Champions League last term when they finished third in a group containing Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and CSKA Moscow.
The London club’s form at Wembley is no doubt going to be a big issue, but Kane’s goals could be the catalyst in a successful campaign according to Shearer.
“Players such as Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford need to recognise that this is the competition when you really get recognised, when you really need to step up,” he added.
Tottenham are yet to win a game at Wembley since they moved out of White Hart Lane at the end of last season after losing to Chelsea and being held to a draw by Burnley.
Spurs won just one of their four European games at the home of English football last term, but that came against CSKA Moscow, who were arguably the worst team in their group.
In other Tottenham news, Garth Crooks has issued a stern warning to Spurs despite their masterclass at Everton.