Tottenham vs Real Madrid : All You Need To Know About The Champions League Match
Real Madrid march into London on Wednesday with a chance to slam the door on hopes of a Tottenham Hotspur run at topping Group H of the Champions League. The two sides are currently tied atop the group after a 1-1 draw in Madrid in the most recent matchday.
Tottenham’s biggest potential pitfall is being without Harry Kane, but Real Madrid have some injury concerns of their own. Neither Varane nor Bale will be available. Isco, who played 90 minutes in the loss against Girona, seems to have picked up a thigh problem that may jeopardize his place in the lineup.
Real Madrid need to show some very positive signs of life in this matchup. A disappointing loss to Girona on Sunday pushes Real Madrid eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga, and anything less than a win against Tottenham puts the risk of Real not being the top team in Group H in real jeopardy.
Something to keep an eye on is Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema against the solid back three of Tottenham. Alderweireld, Sanchez, and Vertonghen are a tough nut to crack for any attack, and seeing how Real Madrid choose to go at them for the second time this month should be fascinating.
Both teams are coming off a loss and are in desperate need of a win, Real Madrid have the upper hand and experience in must win games, and should be prepared and healthy enough to grab three points.
Match Details :
Time: 20:45 CET, 03:45pm EST, 12:45pm Pacific.
Venue: Wembley, London, England.
TV Broadcast: FOX Sports 1 (USA),BT Sport 2 (UK), BeIN Sports (Spain).
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Tottenham Hotspur :
At this moment in time, it appears as though Tottenham will be starting with Harry Kane, but updates will follow.
Dele Alli is available for selection for the first time this season in the Champions League after completing his three-match ban.
Early reports are suggesting that Victor Wanyama’s season could be over, as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Erik Lamela remains unavailable having not be named in Pochettino’s 21 man group stage squad.
Real Madrid :
Gareth Bale is expected not to feature against his former club, despite recovering from injury.
Meanwhile, Raphael Varane has become a doubt after suffering a muscular issue in Madrid’s 2-1 defeat at Girona.
Isco also picked up on knock during the match but has confirmed he will be back on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas is also out due to a groin problem. The Costa Rican made two excellent saves in the first match.
Long-term absentees Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic remain sidelined.
Predicted Starting XI :
Lloris;Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Rose; Eriksen, Kane, Alli
Real Madrid :
Navas;Achraf, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo;Casemiro, Asensio, Kroos, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Real Madrid