Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bounce back to form when they host Real Madrid as they aim to seal a spot in the UEFA Champions League last-16.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team have suffered defeats against Manchester United and West Ham United in recent matches but can get their campaign back on track against the European champions, as victory would book a knock-out place.
Vertonghen adds: ‘Overall it was a very good experience and we were so close of winning there. we have to be on top of our game every game we play’
On Cristiano Ronaldo, who starts tonight: ‘So much respect for him. he’s so sharp and has so much quality.’
We’re getting more and more used to seeing the name of Harry Winks in Tottenham’s midfield. Back-to-back starts for him against Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has appeared very assured on the ball and tonight will be yet another big challenge for him in the centre of midfield alongside Eric Dier.
Last month Tottenham were superb against Real Madrid, drawing the game at Santiago Bernabeu 1-1.
Before the the story was quite different. Over the last three games, Real Madrid have managed 21 shots compared to Tottenham’s 13.
Real have also had the majority of the possession overall. Fifty-eight per cent being the key figure there.
But probably one of the most telling stats is Real’s pass success rate. Eighty-nine per cent compared with Tottenham’s 79.
It is that sort of stat that could make all the different tonight on a large pitch such as Wembley.
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