Tottenham threat involves more than Harry Kane says Real Madrid’s Marcelo

• Left-back says striker can ‘make a big difference’ but Spurs full of talent
• Harry Kane not certain to play but Mauricio Pochettino confident

Marcelo has defended Tottenham Hotspur against accusations they are, to use the phrase coined by Pep Guardiola last month, “the Harry Kane team”, but admitted that the striker’s absence would have a profound impact on Real Madrid’s return Champions League fixture against Spurs at Wembley.

With the England striker’s participation in Wednesday night’s match still uncertain – though Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday that he was “very confident” the player would be fit – the Real left-back said that while the result of Kane’s late fitness test would “make a big difference”, Tottenham would present a profound test of his team’s currently unreliable form.

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