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Spurs striker describes Chelsea loss as 'worst feeling'

Harry Kane says losing the League Cup final was the "worst feeling in the world" but he is sure it will drive Spurs on to win silverware of their own.

Kane was distraught after the Wembley defeat. Credit: PA

Tottenham missed an opportunity to end their seven-year trophy drought on Sunday as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley.

For Kane, a Spurs youth product, losing to one of the club's biggest rivals on the biggest stage hurt badly.

I'm gutted for the players, for my team-mates, for the staff, for the club itself.

It's the worst feeling in the world - losing, and losing in a final on the big stage is even worse.

When you see Chelsea lifting that trophy it makes the fire in your belly burn that you want to be back and you want to be lifting that trophy and that's what we've got to do with the squad we have.

– Spurs striker Harry Kane


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Striker Kane hails impact of Spurs academy

Harry Kane came through the ranks. Credit: PA

Harry Kane says Tottenham are showing the way forward by having a clutch of players from their own academy in the first-team.

The impressive Kane is set to feature in the League Cup final alongside fellow academy graduates Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb.

There is a lot of money in football these days and you always see if a team haven't got an answer, they just go and buy someone.

That isn't always the case. We have great players here like me, Ryan and Andros and Nabil. We have young players here who have shown you don't always have to buy players.

Sometimes young players coming through don't get their chance on the big stage. Fortunately for us we did and we were good enough to take it.

Every club is different. Tottenham have used their academy in a very good way. Chelsea are Chelsea, it is hard to say what they should do. At the moment, they are buying a lot of players.

Maybe they will look at us and maybe other teams will look at us and say maybe we can start looking to the academy and see what players we have.

– Harry Kane

Courtois reveals he's never played in competitive shoot-out ahead of Spurs clash

Courtois has never played in a competitive penalty shoot-out. Credit: PA

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed he has never played in a competitive penalty shoot-out ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Tottenham.

No, I don't think I have been in a penalty shoot-out before.

There was just one time, which was in a friendly tournament with Atletico.

That was the only time I've been in a penalty shoot-out.

We all work with the goalkeeper coach, we do our thing in practice.

We will be prepared if it goes to penalties.

– Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Spurs fans face booze ban in Florence

A strong police presence and 24-hour alcohol ban welcomes Tottenham fans ahead of the Europa League tie against Fiorentina.

The last-32 tie is evenly poised at 1-1 ahead of a return leg for which the authorities in Florence are taking no chances after trouble flared up in Rome last week.

Issues arose ahead of last week's Europa League clash between Roma and Feyenoord, with 23 Dutch fans arrested as buildings were damaged and bottles thrown.

Perhaps influenced by that, Florentine officials have imposed a city-wide alcohol ban from midnight on Wednesday.

Around 1,300 police officers are being deployed around the city centre and Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday, although Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino does not foresee any problems.

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