Tottenham Hotspur will take on Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabaeu on tuesday night.Tottenham’s first two Champions League group games have ended in victories against Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said the game with Real was a chance for his players to show they can be European force.
“It is a big opportunity for us to show that we can compete at this level,” he said.
“It is so special to play here in the Champions League. It is a great opportunity for us all and we are so excited.”
Real manager Zinedine Zidane labelled Tuesday’s meeting as the “first group final”.
“Both teams have the same points,” he added. “Tottenham are not just about [Harry] Kane and we’re going to prepare for this game well.”
Domestically, Real trail leaders Barcelona by five points after failing to win three of their first eight La Liga games.
“People can talk and have their opinion. I have to do my job as well as possible and not do silly things,” Zidane added.
“I’m not going to invent anything, I try to do things in the best possible way. Many may say otherwise, but that’s not going to change what I want to do.”
Danny Rose could make his long-awaited return off the bench in a surprise move by Mauricio Pochettino.
Ben Davies remains out through illness.
Elsewhere, Mousa Dembele also travelled and could feature for the first time in four weeks and Jan Vertonghen is back after suspension. Dele Alli still has one game to serve.
Gareth Bale is expected to miss out after being struck down with an infection in the membrane around his heart.
Real Madrid starting XI: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Ronaldo, Isco, Benzema
Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld; Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Aurier; Eriksen, Kane, Son
Head to Head:
Tottenham have faced Real Madrid just four times in their history; losing three times and drawing once.
The most recent games were in the Champions League seven years ago which saw the Spanish giants run out 4-0 winners on aggregate to reach the semi-finals.
Date and Time:
RMD 2-1 Tott.