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UCL Preview: Plucky Tottenham Hotspur visit mighty Real Madrid

Both sides have a 100 per cent record coming into the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu!

Prithviraj Dev | New Delhi |


Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur pay a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu to take on UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid in what promises to be an end-to-end encounter on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos haven’t made the best of starts to their La Liga title defence but in Europe, the 12-time winners have oozed class and have won both their games without any fuss.

Spurs, somewhat surprisingly, beat Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at Wembley and followed it up with an away win at Apoel Nicosia to emerge as serious contenders to top Group H.

However, Real are a club that is synonymous with the Champions League and despite Spurs’ tag of being feisty travellers, a home win is the likely scenario come full-time on Tuesday.

Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo’s been on fire in Europe, scoring four times in two games and will be Real’s main man once again. He got off the mark in the La Liga on the weekend as well to give Real a much-needed win at Getafe.

Real Madrid CF, Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is the tournament’s all-time top scorer, but can he add to his tally on Tuesday? (Photo: AFP)


Zinedine Zidane’s men have won their past four games on the trot and will look to seal their fifth in all competitions against Mauricio Pochettino’s vibrant side.

Zinedine Zidane, UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid CF
Will Zidane be smiling after full-time?


Comparatively, their opponents are newbies to the continental competition and the hosts will hope the Santiago Bernabeu aids them as they seek to take advantage of Spurs’ relative inexperience.

Real’s defence will be tasked with keeping an eye on a man that is rumoured to be a long-term target for the club: Harry Kane. The English striker is in fine form and shackling him will be paramount as Real seek to keep their 100 per cent intact.

Real Madrid CF, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vaquez, Marco Asensio
Real posses plenty of players who can score anytime in the game!


Talking Corner: Tottenham have really strengthened as a club. They have invested heavily and the team is ready to compete for the Premier League title-Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric (

Injury concerns: Mateo Kovacic (thigh), Gareth Bale (calf), Keylor Navas (groin) and Dani Carvajal (heart).

Suspension Alert: None

Tottenham Hotspur

Are Spurs all about Harry Kane? Of course not, as they have the superlative talents of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli (suspended for this tie) to count upon as well.

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Premier League
Against the team that are said to be interested in signing him, can Kane deliver the goods? (Photo: AFP)


However, the striker accounts for a large chunk of their goals and if his purple patch is to continue, the Spurs midfield will have to keep supplying him with ammunition.

It won’t be easy, however, for former midfielder Luka Modric will be running the strings for the Spanish side and while Gareth Bale may or may not feature, Real have more than enough quality in every department.

Tottenham Hotspur FC, Premier League, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli
With Dele Alli (L) suspended, the likes of Christian Eriksen will have to pick up the slack! (Photo: AFP)


While Ronaldo is Real’s main threat, focusing too much on him can be fatal for the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio who are ripping it up at the moment and can turn a game on its head if afforded time and space.

Jan Vertonghen, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur FC
Jan Vertonghen and co are in for a tough time at the Santiago Bernabeu! (Photo: AFP


Talking Corner: It’s going to be an exciting game which everyone is looking forward to. We’ve got confidence going into it so there’s no reason why we can’t go there, put on a good performance and do well-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks (

Injury concerns: Erik Lamela (hip), Danny Rose (knee) and Victor Wanyama (knee).

Suspension Alert: Dele Alli

Super Stat: The last time the two sides met was in the 2010-14 quarter-finals, when Real triumphed 5-0 on aggregate!