Real Madrid vs Tottenham
After a strong start in both Premier League and Champions League, Tottenham is ready to face its biggest test so far this Champions League season. Tuesday evening the Spurs will face the reigning European champions at Santiago Bernabeu and, according to coach Mauricio Pochettino, they will try to dominate Cristiano Ronaldo`s squad.
If they succeed it will be the first win for Tottenham against Real Madrid. According to UEFA in the 4 previous matches, the Spurs manage to draw once and they have been defeated 3 times.
A few of Zidane`s key players were absent from Saturday's 2-1 win against Getafe, which was the French coach 100th game in charge of Los Blancos. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas was rested, after suffering a groin injury, but should be back in The Whites squad for Tuesday`s clash. However, Mateo Kovacic and Dani Carvajal will remain sidelined, due to injuries. Also, Gareth Bale is likely to miss the match against his former club, while Luka Modric will be able to play.
After 3 wins in a row in La Liga and with 6 points from 2 matches in Champions League, Real Madrid is looking to take the lead in H Group. With the advantage of the home ground and with Isco - who scored twice against RCD Espanyol on 1 October -, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo - who both scored against Getafe this weekend – in the starting XI Spain`s champions have the first chance Tuesday evening.
Like Real Madrid, Tottenham has 6 points in Group H after defeating Borussia Dortmund and APOEL. And just like Zinedine Zidane squad, The Spurs scored 6 goals and conceded only one in Champions League, so the London club will take a firm grip on the Group if they win on Santiago Bernabeu.
Mauricio Pochettino`s players have a high morale after winning against Bournemouth this weekend. Christian Eriksen scored the single goal on Saturday's win. The midfielder who also scored in his last 6 matches for Denmark squad will most likely be in Tottenham`s starting XI Tuesday.
However Victor Wanyama is injured and won't face Los Blancos. Although they resumed training last week, Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela will also likely miss the clash with Real. Another key absence from the English squad is Dele Alli, who is suspended.
Although his players are the underdogs, Mauricio Pochettino has only one thought in his mind before this clash: To win! ”We will press high, try to play in the opposition’s half, try to be aggressive and brave”, said Tottenham`s coach on Sunday.
Is not an easy thing to do, to beat Real Madrid on Santiago Bernabeu, but if we keep in mind that Tottenham is nine games unbeaten, we may say that it`s not just wishful thinking.
Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. will go head to head Tuesday, at 18:45 GMT. The encounter will be referred by the Polish official Szymon Marcinia. Last season he oversaw Real Madrid 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group Stage.
Both teams have a very good morale and a strong offensive power, even like this, Real Madrid is still the favourite team.
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