Real Madrid ravaged by injuries ahead of Spurs game
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Nov 01, 2017,
Nov 01, 2017, 0:12
Both Tottenham and Madrid sit on level in Group H with seven points apiece, with a win for either side all-but confirming their entry into the Round of 16.
High-flying Tottenham have suffered back-to-back defeats, with the 1-1 draw at Real and 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley being followed by a 3-2 League Cup loss to West Ham at the same venue and the Old Trafford setback.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said over the weekend that he was optimistic the prolific 24-year would get the green light to face the Spanish giants.
It's going to be a tough game, they're one of the best teams in the world, so we're going to respect them - and I guess they're going to respect us as well because we played well away at the Bernabeu. My feeling is good. We have a good game coming up tomorrow and we have to go out and try to get back to winning ways.
However, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski being ruled out is a leveller and it says it all that we're scratching around to work out who will lead the line.More news: WhatsApp to Get Group Voice & Video Calling Feature Soon
The attacking midfielder's red card for a terrible tackle in last season's Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Gent made him ineligible for Tottenham's first three Champions League games this season.
What we want to do is come back and win again.
Vertonghen admitted it was important that Spurs didn't slip to a third successive defeat, albeit in different competitions, adding: "Obviously, we have analysed our last two games and we know what we could have done better". I genuinely expect it to be much closer than the reverse tie in terms of performance and result.
However, this is a really tough game.
"I don't think it's more hard to attack three defenders". There could be a surprise. It's a great stage to play football.
"It may be possible he (Kane) can play tomorrow". I think that game gave us a lot of confidence going into this game, and as well the other games this season. Hamstrings take a long time to settle down fully, even if he does feel fit to play.