Tottenham news: Harry Kane blames Wembley defeats for Champions League exit after Monaco defeat

Spurs lost 2-1 in Monaco to confirm their Champions League exit but Kane believe the two defeats at Wembley is the reason behind their failure in Europe

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Harry Kane has refused to blame Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Monaco on Tottenham’s early Champions League exit, and instead believes their dreadful form at Wembley Stadium this season is as fault.

Spurs lose both of their matches at the national stadium this season after relocating temporarily from White Hart Lane for their European matches due to the ongoing redevelopment work. Having broken the record attendance for a Champions League group game in the United Kingdom, the club’s joy soon turned to despair as Tuesday’s defeat confirmed they cannot qualify for the last-16 and are likely heading for the Europa League knockout stages instead.

Despite the lacklustre performance at the Stade Louis II, Tottenham striker Kane believes their problems lie closer to home and feels the defeats by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley are to blame for their exit.

"I think losing two of our home games in this competition, it's got to be a fortress at home (and) although we are playing at Wembley this year, it's no excuse,” Kane said.

"When teams come over to us, we have to make it difficult and use that to our advantage and we didn't.

"It's always difficult away from home in the Champions League and Monaco knew what they had to do.”

Speaking after he played in the 2-1 loss to Monaco, Kane rued their lapse in concentration that allowed Thomas Lemar to score the winning goal just one minute after Kane’s equalising penalty.

"It's disappointing, I don't think we were good enough today anyway, but we got ourselves back in the game at 1-1 but it was a schoolboy error to concede straight after,” Kane added.

"It took the stuffing out of us and obviously we didn't have enough to get back in the game.

"I don't think on the day we were good enough, we found it difficult to play from the back, they pressed us high but we are gutted.

"We wanted to go far in this competition. We will look back and say the home games is where we should have been better."