Tottenham v Real Madrid: Visitors can forget domestic woes with Wembley win

Posted Noviembre 02, 2017

Marcelo was one of those criticised for underperforming at Estadi Montilivi and he seemed to have his own diagnosis of the main issue.

It's rare to see a side as good as Spurs as long as [3.3] to win a game at home, but that's probably understandable given the Kane worries and the pedigree of their opponents.

The French stopper was replaced by Nacho, with Varane's problem reported to be an adductor injury.

Raphael Varane has been left out of Real Madrid's 19-man travelling squad to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night (1 November) after suffering a muscle injury during Los Blancos' 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday.

The 32-year-old scored five goals in the quarter-final win over Bayern Munich before notching a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the semis. Through a mixture of well-calculated yet no-nonsense tackling, intense pressing of Madrid's attacking arsenal at every opportunity and a positional intelligence to effectively wipe out Cristiano Ronaldo's influence on the game, unlike the current political situation Girona looked incredibly strong and stable in defence.

Most alarming has been the form of Ronaldo, who has just one goal in the league so far this term.

Karim Benzema claimed to be "embarrassed" for Gary Lineker after the former Barcelona striker suggested he might not score enough.

The Madrid star has unleashed 40 shots this season in La Liga for his sole goal. for a 2.5 per cent conversion record. Both Zidane and club president Florentino Perez have suggested that a dip was only natural following last season's double, and then August's twin Super Cup successes against Manchester United and Barcelona.

Sunday's loss at Girona was the first time Madrid had lost to a Primera debutant since Burgos in 1990.

Girona, in its inaugural season in the first division, played well from the start, keeping Madrid from imposing its game. A few Real Madrid supporters could be seen mixed with the local fans in the stands.

Are Real Madrid in crisis?

His self-confidence is to be admired.

"We know we can turn this around".

"We're eight points behind but it won't change anything, we can pick ourselves up, we'll have better days than this and our rivals are going to drop points".