Harry Kane has promised Tottenham will use the pain of the League Cup final defeat against Chelsea to fuel their challenge for future trophies.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team were unable to emulate their New Year’s day win over Chelsea as the Blues eased to a 2-0 win at Wembley on Sunday.
It was a bitterly disappointing day for the north London club, who had hoped to win their first silverware of the Pochettino era.
Instead, Kane and his team-mates had to watch Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cavort around Wembley as he celebrated the first trophy of his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Those painful images are already burned on Kane’s memory and the young forward is determined to use them to ensure there is no repeat the next time Tottenham are within touching distance of winning a competition.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world losing, and losing in a final on the big stage even worse,” Kane said.
“It’s disappointing. The lads gave it everything and I thought we played well.
“But in these big games you don’t always get the luck you need and I felt Chelsea did with a couple of deflected goals which on another day wouldn’t go in.
“When you see Chelsea lift that trophy at the end it gives you that fire in your belly to be back here and lift a trophy.”
Losing at Wembley to their London rivals capped a dismal week for Tottenham, who also crashed out of the Europa League against Fiorentina on Thursday.
But, with a top four finish in the Premier League still a possibility for Spurs, Kane revealed Pochettino told his players to be proud of their efforts so far this season.
Asked what was said in the dressing room, Kane said: “Just to be proud of ourselves. We’ve come a long way. It’s a very young team with a new manager.
“I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. A lot of us were playing in our first final.
“To be in a final in the first season is great. But we have got to learn from it.”
– Wembley letdown –
On a personal level, Kane’s lacklustre performance in his first major showpiece occasion was something of a letdown after his brilliant breakthrough season.
The 21-year-old had scored 24 goals before Sunday. But he was easily subdued by Chelsea defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill.
“I’m always disappointed when I don’t score, but it’s tough. Chelsea are a good side. I’ve said that before. They have one of the best defences in the league and showed that here,” Kane said.
“We gave it a go and played the way we wanted to, but it just went their way.
“I’m enjoying everything this season. It shows we are doing well when people are interested in you.
“But we have got to move on. We have a game on Wednesday and hopefully I can get on the scoresheet and get back to winning ways.”
After scoring Chelsea’s first goal — his first in a major final — on the stroke of half-time and delivering a rock-solid display in defence, Terry was hailed once again as the best English defender of his generation.
But the 34-year-old wasn’t so overcome with emotion that he would consider coming out of international retirement.
Terry retired from England duty in 2012 after being stripped of the captaincy following allegations he racially abused then QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Asked if he would make an England return, Terry said: “No. It’s the simple answer, I don’t want to go into it right now.
“Being back at Wembley, the atmosphere, the stadium, it’s one of the best I have played in, but it’s never crossed my mind.
“I have drawn a line under it and the England squad can move on now.”
This article was written by Steven Griffiths from Agence France Presse and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.