Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live!

Asked how he felt about sending a team out to face Tottenham Hotspur, Zinedine Zidane said: “We give all sides maximum respect and we treat them as big tests. We have two games against Spurs now. The first ‘final’ is tomorrow – a ‘final of the group’ between two sides on the same points. We want to produce a performance and I think it will be a good game for everyone who likes football – they’ll see a good game. Hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

On his career to date as manager of Real Madrid with 100 games under his belt: “I’m not going to give myself a mark – I’m happy,” he said. “My dream was always to play in Spain, I’m at the best club in the world and my passion is still coaching this club and hopefully I’ll get at least another 10 games.”

Speaking at his pre-match press conference yesterday, the Tottenham manager and one-time Espanyol stalwart had this to say about playing at Real Madrid’s ground. “It’s always special to play at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid in the Champions League,” he said. “They’re the club with the most European Cups. For English players to come here and play here is a dream from their childhoods and that’s why it’s a baptism. You feel that when you play here; that you feel the reality of football.”

Asked if he thinks his side is up to tonight’s challenge, Pochettino was non-committal and said time would tell. “We want to grow our level together,” he said “We’re up against the best side in the world right now. In the Premier League we have played against good sides, but there’s another last step to take to be competitive with the best sides in Europe and we’ll see tomorrow if we are there.”

Continue reading...

About the Author

Comments are closed.