In-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane admits that he feels at the peak of his powers following a Champions League hat-trick that continued his extraordinarily prolific year.
Kane’s treble in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus took his tally to nine goals from his last five Spurs games. Including his most recent England appearances, he has 11 in seven.
The 24-year-old has netted 34 in 30 games during 2017, scoring at a rate that outstrips some of Europe’s most celebrated marksmen, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
“I’d say it’s the most confident I’ve felt,” said Kane. “I have scored quite a few goals this September and there’s another game left at Huddersfield on Saturday. Hopefully, I can take the form into that game and keep going.”
Kane’s ruthlessness and Tottenham’s perfect start to their Champions League campaign has emboldened the England marksman to believe they can topple Real Madrid in their next fixture.
Spurs and Real share top spot in Group H after identical results from their first two matches and Kane says he is relishing a trip to the reigning European champions on 17 October.
“We feel we can beat anyone on our day,” he added. “We know it will be tough but it’s two good teams and an open game, probably.
“It will come down to who is more clinical in the final third. Hopefully, that can be us. We are going there to win, not just to get a result.
“They have one of the best defences with [Sergio] Ramos, Marcelo, players like that. I want to test myself against the best and they have been the best in the last few years, without a doubt.
“It’s going to be exciting. I want to put in a performance like I have been recently.”
Kane’s numbers are all the more remarkable given that he failed to score in August for the third year running.
Despite his previous slow starts, he has finished as the Premier League’s leading scorer in the last two seasons.
Last term, his scoring rate of 0.97 goals per game, was the best of the Premier League era.