Tottenham vs. Real Madrid: Mauricio Pochettino's pre-match thoughts

Posted Noviembre 02, 2017

The iconic Wembley Stadium in London will hug the limelight tonight for a special reason when 'embattled' Real Madrid visits the ground for one of the Match-day four matches of the UEFA Champions league tie against host, Tottenham Hotspurs for the leadership of Group H.

Kane comes into the team in place of Son Heung-Min, who started the defeat to Man United.

However, former Liverpool Real Madrid midfielder McManaman claimed that he would ignore signing Kane and look to lure a younger player such as 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe to Madrid.

Kieran Trippier is in the XI instead of Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez is preferred to Moussa Sissoko.

At the root of the bashing Pochettino took after the game was the reputation I spoke about last week, which Alex Ferguson summed up nicely with his "it's only Spurs" remark.

Kane missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United with a hamstring injury but showed no visible sign of discomfort during a light session.

If Dele Alli has looked a distracted soul of late, there could be no better concentration-sharpener than two goals against Real Madrid at Wembley.

Thiago was excellent in the reverse fixture and must be considered one of the top midfielders in the world right now, while their full-backs were also superb with their pressing game. Today and yesterday was good at training.

"We will assess him and then we will make the best decision".

"With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone", said Pochettino.

It was almost as if pundits and journalists were waiting for Spurs to trip up so that they could wheel out what I believe is now an inaccurate assessment. Soon after, Ramos somehow managed to get in the way of teammate Ronaldo's goalbound attempt as Real looked for a foothold in the contest.

It's been tough to adapt to Wembley as well, another obstacle which Pochettino seems to have got to grips with.