Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his squad to dominate Real Madrid during Tuesday’s Champions League outing from the Bernabeu. Spurs travel to the Spanish capital in good form having beaten both Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in convincing fashion on Group H.
However, their likely is likely to be stiffer on Tuesday as they take on back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid on the road. Despite the odds stacked against them, Pochettino has insisted that Spurs will stick to their attacking approach in the search for a potential upset.
“We will try to dominate. We will try to be better, but it’s a massive challenge for us to dominate them. We will press high, try to play in the opposition’s half, try to be aggressive and brave. That’s how we feel football should be played. If they try to push us back deeper, then OK, we may have to adapt to their quality,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Spurs have once again made a strong start to the season, and they are presently five points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League standings. The north London club have had their jitters at the Wembley, but away from home, they preserve the perfect record to the campaign.
In comparison, Real Madrid have made a slow start to the La Liga season by their standards with their home form letting them down in the opening weeks. Zinedine Zidane’s side are five points adrift of table-toppers Barcelona, and they have work to do in order to close the gap on their arch-rivals, who are unbeaten after eight games.
Harry Kane currently leads the Champions League scoring charts with five goals in just two appearances, and Tottenham Hotspur will be hugely dependent on him to produce the goods in the absence of Dele Alli through suspension.