Looking forward to returning to the Champions League?
We are really looking forward to it after our last campaign when things obviously did not go as well as we wanted them to. We have been waiting for the Champions League to start again to show everybody what we can do at this level. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere. Everyone is looking forward to it. Can’t wait to get out there.
Have you got a point to prove?
Yeah definitely. If you want to be one of the best teams in Europe then you have to perform on the big stage and the Champions League is definitely that. We’ve got to try to improve and these are the games we want to be winning and playing, the big games on the big stage. We have to try to perform to our best and to try to win.
That Wembley hoodoo?
Every game we play there we try to win. I feel we have played well there this season. It’s just about getting over the line. Wembley or not Wembley it’s down to us as players. We have to perform to the best of our ability.
Is scoring in the Champions League the next step up for you?
I have scored two goals in three games in the Champions League so hopefully I can continue scoring and just trying to do my best. But the most important thing is to try to win the game. As always I will try to do my job to the best of my ability, as will everyone, and hopefully we can get three points.
I have said before I want to break into that world-class bracket. To do that you have to play well in the Champions League.
The Champions League is a big stage, all the best players in Europe, if not the world are here. And to be the best you have to produce your best against the best.
I have six group games to prove that by hopefully scoring as many goals as possible and performing well.
Where are you at moment as a striker?
I feel good. August is a strange one, for some reason the ball doesn’t want to seem to go in. But as a striker sometimes you go through those spells. Then we go to Everton I put a cross into the box and it goes in. That’s football, that’s life. You just have to be patient and take your chances. I feel good, I feel fit.
Will you miss Dele Alli?
He’s a fantastic player and we will miss him. But fortunately we have a fantastic squad and I’m sure whoever comes in will be ready to compete on the big stage. Of course Dele’s a miss, but that’s football. It’s done and we have to move on.
Do you like Alli playing with an edge?
Dele will play how Dele plays. He’s that sort of player. Of course he was disappointed to get sent off in the Europa League last year but he can only learn from it. That’s football. Sometimes you make mistakes and you have to learn from it, and and I’m sure he will do. Of course he’s gutted to be missing these games, as anyone would, but he’s staying determined and will make sure he’s ready for the last three games of the campaign.
Has Fernando Llorente been a good signing?
Definitely. Fernando’s been a fantastic addition. He’s a great guy, he’s someone I can learn a lot from. He’s won the World Cup, the Euros, the Europa League, Serie A. He’s a fantastic player that I can learn from. It’s great to have that experience in the changing room and just to be able to talk to him is a good learning curve for me.
What did you learn from last year?
It’s hard to say. Obviously we just didn’t perform on the night. We got off to a bad start, which I thik didn’t help us. I think we have to do better at home and that’s something we’ve got to learn from this year. We’ve got to make sure we win our home games because away in the Champions League is always going to be difficult, no matter who you play.
We need to try to improve our home form – that starts tomorrow night – and we’ll go from there. We’re in a tough group but it’s good, it’s a good test for us and the players are excited to play against the best teams in Europe.
Can you be inspired by Dortmund?
Definitely. Dortmund are a fantastic team with some fantastic players. They’ve been competing in the Champions League very well and in the Bundesliga as well. For us, we’ve just got to try to perform on that big stage. We want to be known as one of the best teams in Europe and the only way to do that is to play in the Champions League.
We’ve got to go out there and just play our game. We can’t think too much about them and what they’re going to do. If we play to the best our ability then we’ll win the game.
Do you admire Aubameyang?
He’s a fantastic striker. He scores goals, makes good runs in behind. I’d say we’re different strikers, we’re not too similar, but he’s obviously had a fantastic last four or five years and hopefully I can maintain the goalscoring record and I’m sure he will as well, and the future will hopefully be good for both of us.
Is it good news or bad news to have Real Madrid in your group?
It’s 50-50. It’s a hard question to answer. With the Champions League, if you want to win – like you want to win any competition you’re in – you have to play the best teams. We’re going to be playing them in the group stages this season. It’s a good chance to see where we’re at. It’s a good chance to play against the best. Of course Madrid have been in fantastic form, especially in the Champions League in the last three or four years. It’s hard to say. You’re going to have to play them one way or the other so whether it’s in the group of the knockout stages, we’ve just got to try and win.
Can you defy expectations in the Champions League like you do in the Premier League?
Definitely, there’s no reason not to. A lot of teams in the Premier League fear us and we’ve just got to do what we do. We tick along, we get there and win games. We get high in the league and then people start talking about us. It’s nothing for us to worry about. We’re in good shape.
We’ve had a solid start to the season and we’ve just got to build on that. Hopefully come the business end of the season – the last three or four months – we’ll be there or thereabouts.
Can beating these teams give you a kick in the competition?
It will definitely give us confidence if we go out and get results against teams like Dortmund and Madrid. That will put us in good stead going forward and will give us really high confidence. That’s what we’ve got to try and do – take the positive energy that Wembley’s going to produce tomorrow and use it to our advantage, and try to progress. If we can get through the group then there’s no reason why we can’t go quite far in the competition.