Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid: Team news, current injuries and suspensions


Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will be without former Spurs forward Gareth Bale who is injured, while the Welshman will be joined on the sidelines by Keylor Navas, Jesus Vallejo and Mateo Kovacic.
Dani Carvajal is unlikely to feature as a heart condition continues to be monitored while Raphael Varane is expected to be replaced by Nacho in defence.
Possible starting XI: Casilla, Hakimi, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.

What are they saying?

"You have to show you can cope with the pressure of this level of football. We played Real Madrid, Liverpool, West Ham, Man. United. Every game was a tough game, competitive. Tomorrow will be the same. It's impossible to breathe, to get relaxed, to be ready every three days. That's the Premier League, that's England and that's how difficult it is to be a player here.
"Every game is a big chance to prove yourself, to try to show everyone you're ready to compete. This season that's our challenge, to move on, to step up, to be consistent in trying to fight for big things. Last season we were disappointed with the group stage and we're doing much, much better this season."
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane enjoys a kickabout at Wembley Credit: Getty Images
“For the players, they approach all matches wherever they are with the same mentality: to win. It’s a beautiful stadium and it’ll be a great spectacle but we’re here to win.
"Wembley means a lot but we’ve got two important teams and wonderful supporters. I played in the old stadium; I won’t have the good fortune of experiencing the new one, that’s for the players tomorrow.”
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane