OPPONENTS Real Madrid 
COMPETITION Champions League  Group H
DATE Tuesday 17th October 2017
VENUE Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Real Madrid  SQUAD 1.  Keylor NAVAS
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
22.  ISCO
23.  Mateo KOVACIC
24.  Dani CEBALLOS
27.  Alvaro TEJERO
30.  Luca ZIDANE
35.  Mohamed Airam Ramos WADE
PREVIEW 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. 
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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Real Madrid  1 (1)  

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
  1  Keylor NAVAS

19  Achraf HAKIMI
  4  Sergio RAMOS (c)
  Raphael VARANE  (o.g.)

22  ISCO  (17  Lucas VASQUEZ  87)
  8  Toni KROOS
10  Luka MODRIC

  9  Karim BENZEMA  (20  Marco ASENSIO  76)
  7  Cristiano RONALDO       

Unused subs: 
13  Kiko CASILLA
  6  NACHO
18  Marcos LLORENTE


    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

24  Serge AURIER
15  Eric DIER
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ

19  Mousa DEMBELE
9  Harry WINKS
7  Moussa SISSOKO (  7  Heung-Min SON 89)
Christian ERIKSEN

10  Harry KANE
18  Fernando LLORENTE  (  3  Danny ROSE  80)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
  2  Kieran TRIPPIER

1  Juan FOYTH
  Anthony GEORGIOU

Manager :  Zinedine Zidane Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
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Match report

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.

Tottenham were comfortable on the ball, but Real looked to move the ball across the field and forward to try and catch out the Spurs defence. Hakimi was finding space on the Real right, with his team-mates looking to play him in every time they got the ball, but the next effort came from Ronaldo coming inside from the right and on his right foot, he scuffed the ball wide of the post on the other side of the goal. After Casemiro had brought down Kane and no free-kick was given, Tottenham won a corner and from it, Kane won a free header running in from the edge of the box. His header went downwards, but straight at Navas, who had the opportunity to push it up and over the bar. From that corner, the ball came back in and Llorente tried to turn on it before seemingly having his foot dragged from under him by Casemiro. Again the ref did not signal for anything and play went on.
Spurs broke away from a Real corner, with Sissoko leading the charge and a pass wide to Eriksen saw him bring it back inside Casemiro, who had a kick at him as he did so, but the game was allowed to go on and it ended up with Winks coming inside to curl a shot, but it didn't come around enough to trouble the goalkeeper.

There was nothing the keeper could do when Sissoko released Aurier on the right and his low ball in was aimed at Kane. He tried to flick it in behind his standing leg, but missed and it spelled trouble for Varane, who knocked the ball past his own keeper to give Spurs a first goal against Real in the fifth meeting with them. It should have been two when Spurs broke again and outnumbered the white shirts, but Eriksen didn't play it sharply enough and the chance was lost. It almost cost Spurs as Isco managed to move the ball enough to shoot, but Lloris got down to parry his blocked effort wide. Marcelo got a loft over the top on the left, but his shot was deflected into the side-netting.

Ronaldo was his usual petulant self, when he took a swipe with his fist at Vertonghen on the floor in the Spurs area, earning himself a booking. Sissoko failed to gather the ball and Marcelo broke, but the move came to nothing, then Modric put a ball in for Benzema, who seemed to bottle going for a diving header, allowing the ball to go just wide of the far post.

Some neat passing when the ball was on the edge of the Spurs box saw Kroos played in and Aurier brought him down when Alderweireld was covering. As expected Ronaldo took the penalty and stuck it in, sending Lloris the wrong way.

The goal before half-time changed the team talk for half-time, as Real started knocking it about a bit more comfortably before the half-time whistle and Ronaldo started to show-boat, but the break came and gave Spurs a chance to re-group.

After the re-start, Lloris played the ball straight out and it led to a period of Real possession, with Modric becoming more influential, but an out ball from the Tottenham defence to Kane saw him run half the pitch and force Varane into conceding a corner. The ball was headed out and when Winks went in to challenge Modric, he looked to have played the ball with the Real midfielder going over his leg to win a free-kick. It was typical of the decisions the home side were getting. A corner when Sanchez saw off Isco didn't touch the Spurs defender and when the ball was worked to the other side of the pitch, a cross came in for Benzema to head with nobody around him. The ball looked to be going in, but Lloris spread himself and his left shin kept the ball out with an outstanding stop. In the next phase of play, the ball was knocked into the box and Ronaldo fired over from an offside position, which he did from an onside position moments later.

Spurs had stopped pressing high up the pitch, with Real doing it to them. It made it hard for Spurs to maintain position and try to get attacks going. Sissoko and Aurier linked well on the right, but his ball across goal when he got beyond the last Real man had not been read by any of his team-mates. .Winks had been playing well, but his run forward was stopped by Isco and the ball was fed to Ronaldo on the right. He took a couple of quick touches and then hammered the ball at goal, only for Lloris to get a strong left hand to it to see it over the top. Soon after, Lloris got behind a deflected Isco shot and then he saved low down when Ronaldo fired an effort in ending a Real break.

Tottenham's final ball wasn't forcing Real to make desperate clearances, so the ease with which they regained possession was a little worrying. But the next chance came when the ball was flicked on to Llorente and his simple pass left to Kane put him in on goal. He slid the ball at goal low to the keeper's left and Navas got the slightest touch to nudge the ball wide of the goal. It was a very good save by a keeper who hadn't had much to do for a while. Then he did it again, when Llorente glanced the ball into Eriksen's path, but Christian went for the near post when he had a clear shot from the right side and Navas pushed it wide for a corner. The corner was poor, but when it came in again, Sanchez won the header and put it down to the ground, but just a yard wide of the mark.

Llorente was linking play well, using his head and a shrewd pass here and there to open up the Real back line. However, it was Madrid who brought Lloris into action again, when Isco shot but his deflected shot was easily taken by our captain. Danny Rose made his return from nine months out injured, replacing Llorente, as Pochettino looked to keep things tight at the back.

With ten minutes left, Spurs started dropping deep and while the game had slowed considerably, Madrid were keen to move the ball into the last third. Marcelo had a shot from outside the box, which Eriksen got a boot to deflecting it wide. But that was the most threat the Spurs goal came under apart from Lloris leaping high to take the corner when it came in.

The roars from the crowd came from the Tottenham section, with many of the Real fans having made their way home long before the end.  The way the Tottenham fans could be heard singing above the home support for much of the game showed how well the team silenced the ardour of the Bernabeu's fans.  With Pochettino playing Llorente up front with Kane, his understanding of playing Spanish football and especially against Real, came in handy, with him doing a good job despite his lack of mobility.  The tactical set-up saw Tottenham have confidence in defence, with numbers to protect them and Harry Winks showed that he is growing in experience if not inches, as he did not look out of place against the internationals in the Madrid midfield.

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.

Peter O'Hanraharahan




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
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 2 1 0 7 2 7 +5
2 Real Madrid 3 2 1 0 7 2 7 +5
3 Borussia Dortmund 3 0 1 0 3 7 1 -5
4 APOEL 3 0 1 0 1 7 1 -5


Position before match :  2nd
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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