Harry Kane knows Tottenham have to start delivering when it matters if they are to make the next step and turn into trophy winners.
Mauricio Pochettino has led Spurs towards the top of the English game, challenging for Premier League titles and both domestic cups in his four years at the helm, but they have so far fallen short.
They have had a tendency not to turn in big performances when it really matters – a trait which has earned them the ‘Spursy’ nickname – and Kane knows that has been holding them back.
There was more evidence of that last week as, when they were in a position to put themselves firmly in the title mix, they lost back-to-back games against Burnley and Chelsea.
“The thing for us now, kind of like this week, when the pressure is on and we need to step up, we need to find a way to get it done,” the England captain said.
“We haven’t done that in recent years, we haven’t done that this week and that will be the difference.
“That is the turning point that we need to try and achieve.”
Pochettino said last week that mentality of failing in big games could mean it is another five years before Spurs are putting serious silverware in their trophy cabinet.
Kane hopes it will not take that long, but also accepts his side have some catching up to do.
“I don’t think it’s far away but I think what the gaffer was saying was it’s not a guarantee that if you improve you are still going to win things,” Kane added.
“Every team is improving, every team is strengthening, every team is getting better year-by-year so it’s important for us that we don’t fall behind that.
“We have got to a stage in the last four or five years where we have maybe done more than we expected as a club but it means that we have to do even more to reach that stage.
“Whether it’s five years or not I can’t say, but I hope it’s sooner than that.”