UEFA Champions League preview: Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur – October 17, 2017 – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid – Group H
Tottenham Hotspur have made a flying start to the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League season, winning both their two opening games comfortably. Mauricio Pochettino's were impressive in their 3-1 win over a somewhat weakened Borussia Dortmund with Harry Kane getting a brace. The Spurs now head to Bernabeu stadium in Spain to meet the most formidable opponents of the League, eleven- time winners Real Madrid.
It will be a battle between two titanic strikers of Europe. Both Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are going neck-to-neck as far as goals tally goes, with five and four goals respectively from just two UCL games apiece.
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Real Madrid have an identical start to their European outing as Tottenham's, beating the same opponents, APOEL Cyprus and Borussia Dortmund by exactly similar margins.
Tottenham Hotspur will field their strongest possible XI for the Madrid clash with special emphasis on defense. Pochettino will maintain the same men at the back – Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen, which means the talented Spurs academy find, 20-year old Kyle Walker-Peters, may have to wait for a place in the starting XI. The brilliant Hugo Lloris, one of the architects of France's early entry into the WC Russia 2018, will keep the posts as usual.
The Spurs forward line of Harry Kane, Del Alli, Son Heung-min and Ben Davis can take their chances against Real Madrid by hitting on the breaks. Los Blancos have been a bit shaky at the Bernabeu this season, winning just one of their four La Liga matches this season.
However, one can never rest easy when you have folks like Ronaldo, Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isko, Marcello, Luka Modric and even a Sergio Ramos coming at you.
But this is Spurs' best chance to beat Real Madrid at least once in the forth-coming double-header and register their first-ever win against the Champion club.
Real have a tricky La Liga fixture this weekend away at Getafe before they receive Tottenham, while their English opponents hosted Bournemouth on Saturday in a Premier league clash at Wembley.
Bookmakers' odds however favour the hosts for the Santiago Bernabeu's Tuesday night clash.