Young midfielder Harry Winks believes Tottenham earned Real Madrid’s respect at the Santiago Bernabeu according to an article on ESPN
We drew 1-1 with the reigning champions last time out in a tie that left the two teams level at the top of the group with identical records, and we go head to head with Zinedine Zidane’s side on Wednesday in a tie that will go a long way to determining who tops Group H
“It’s going to be a tough game, we know that,” the article quotes Winks as saying. “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.
“It’s a game we’re looking forward to, to try and bounce back [from Saturday’s defeat against Manchester United] and get a good result.
Winks added: “We got a good result against them a couple of weeks ago so hopefully we can get another one now and finish off the Champions League group in a strong way. We’re doing well in the Champions League so we’re confident going into the game.”
The article adds that the last time we hosted a reigning European Champion in the Champions League was when we beat Inter Milan 3-1 on a famous night at White Hart Lane in November 2010.
Winks — a boyhood Tottenham supporter who came through the club’s academy — was 14 years old at the time.
Winks said: “I watched it at home with my dad on the telly,” . “It was a great night, a great game to watch as a Spurs fan, so fingers crossed we can get the same sort of result.
“It’s something we’re going to aim to do. We’re going to go into the game expecting of ourselves that we can do it, and we’re looking forward to it. It was a disappointing result on Saturday but we’ve got to put that behind us and get ourselves ready for Wednesday.”
Winks will again be hoping to start against Madrid, having also started and impressed against Liverpool and Manchester United in the last few weeks. He added:”Every opportunity I get I make sure I work hard to stay in the team,” he said. “It’s been a good few weeks for me, with good results. Unfortunately, Saturday [against United] wasn’t the same, but every opportunity I get I go out there to work hard and do well.”
With the no worries fit again Mousa Dembele knocking on the first team door, Harry will have a battle to hold on to his starting place. Interesting to see how Pochettino handles it
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