|COMPETITION||Champions League Group H|
|DATE||Tuesday 17th October 2017|
|VENUE||Santiago Bernabeu Stadium|
|Real Madrid SQUAD||1.
2. Dani CARVAJAL
3. Jesus VELLEJO
4. Sergio RAMOS
5. Raphael VARANE
7. Cristiano RONALDO
8. Toni KROOS
9. Karim BENZEMA
10. Luka MODRIC
11. Gareth BALE
13. Kiko CASILLA
17. Lucas VASQUEZ
18. Marcos LLORENTE
19. Achraf HAKIMI
20. Marco ASENSIO
21. Borja MAYORAL
23. Mateo KOVACIC
24. Dani CEBALLOS
27. Alvaro TEJERO
30. Luca ZIDANE
35. Mohamed Airam Ramos WADE
None of us need telling how good Real Madrid are do we ? With
galacticos coming out of their ears, it is a who's who of elite
football. And even the players who don't make their first
eleven or don't need to be retained are of very high quality.
There may be some chinks in their armour, as Ramos will try and do a John Terry job on Kane by bullying him around the pitch, but he is rash and red cards are regularly popping up next to his name on match reports online. Marcelo is great going forward and can time a tackle, but sometimes he leaves himself a lot to do when caught out of position, so that flank might be an area we can prosper in. in goal, Navas might be out injured with a neck injury meaning Kiko Casilla would replace him, but Gareth Bale will definitely miss the game.
Raphael Varane is a classy centre-half in contrast to the brutal Ramos, while either Nacho or Dani Carvajal will line up as the full back on the other side to Marcelo. With a midfield of Kroos. Modric, Isco and Casemiro, the Spurs boys will have their work cut out, but closing down is something Real might not be that used to and it could pressure them into mistakes, but we have to be careful not to over-commit and get picked off with one-twos around our midfielders.
Leading the line is the ego that is CR and alongside him Karim Benzema. The Frenchman is a little under-rated, but can be squeezed out of games, so Toby and Jan will have to be on their toes to keep an eye on both of these forwards.
For Tottenham, we are not
that experienced in European football and certainly not in the
Champions League, so, knowing what happened last time we played Real
in this competition, it will be a learning exercise, but not one in
which we will be passive. Pochettino will go to the Bernabeu
and try and have a go. We just have to do it in a disciplined
fashion and with composure. If we can keep 11 on the pitch
this time, we might get something from the game. Real will
feel obliged to come out and attack, with their own crowd demanding
that, but that might just leave areas that we can get into to hit
them on the break. I only hope we don't play too well ...
otherwise they will want to sign all our players !!
|PREDICTION||Real Madrid 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
Real Madrid TEAM NEWS :
Kaylor Navas (neck) is a late consideration, while Gareth Bale (infection around heart) is definitely out of the match.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (concussion), Victor Wanyama (knee) and Ben Davies (illness) all miss out for Spurs, but Danny Rose is in the squad with Mousa Dembele. Dele Alli serves the last game of his suspension and Jan Vertonghen returns after a one match ban.
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Champions League Group H
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1)
Kick off 19:45
|Ronaldo (p) 41m 16s||Varane (o.g.) 27m 07s|
Ronaldo (hitting Vertonghen on the head) 32
Aurier (foul on Kroos) 41
|Crowd : 76,589||Weather : Mild, rainy|
|Referee : Szymon Marciniak (POL)||Assistant Referees : Paweł Sokolnicki (POL); Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)|
|Fourth Official : Radosław Siejka (POL)||Additional Assistant Referees : Paweł Raczkowski (POL); Tomasz Musiał (POL)|
|UEFA Delegate : Peter Lundström (FIN)||UEFA Referee Observer : Bertrand Layec (FRA)|
|Real Madrid kicked off in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes.|
|Real Madrid :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Lucas VASQUEZ 87)
Karim BENZEMA (20
Marco ASENSIO 76)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
24 Serge AURIER
15 Eric DIER
6 Davinson SANCHEZ
4 Toby ALDERWEIRELD
5 Jan VERTONGHEN
|Manager : Zinedine Zidane||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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Tottenham took to the field with an unusual line-up, with Pochettino playing two up front at the Bernabeu stadium and showing an intent not to try and limit Real Madrid without having any attacking intent themselves. It produced a performance to remember, as Spurs came away with a point that could have been much more. It could also have been much less if not for the heroics of Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal, producing three world=class saves to preserve a 1-1 draw.
Four minutes in and Hakimi got
up on the right and his first time cross to Marcelo's cross field
ball was headed against Hugo's left hand post. The ball dropped
around the penalty spot for Benzema, but he put the ball wide with
the goal gaping in front of him. The two players were much
involved in Real's performance, but with differing reviews.
Kane lead the line in a way that Madrid had been praising him and the Spurs defence held firm, with Aurier the only player responsible for a lapse, when he dived into concede the penalty, but he got his head right for the second half and did a solid job. But it was Lloris' saves that will be long remembered. Like Crouch's goal in the San Siro, Hugo's stop from Benzema's header will go down in Tottenham's history.
With Dortmund only getting a draw in Cyprus, Spurs are in prime position to go through from the group, but cannot take anything for granted, so the next matchday, in two weeks at home to Real, will be another one to test themselves.
Real Madrid were founded
by a group of workers on shore leave after sailing from England to
San Sebastien and making their way through Spain to North Africa.
Their liking for a pint of the real ale from the barrels they
carried with them and kicking a football around in the grounds of
the local bars of Madrid, they soon became known as Real Madrid.
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|Group H Table|
Position before match :
Position after this round of matches : 1st
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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