Zidane says Real's match with Tottenham will be like a "small world cup"
Champions League holders Real Madrid host Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night with the visitors looking to maintain the unbeaten record of Premier League teams in the competition this season.
Spurs’ Harry Kane has been the main focus of media attention given his prolific strike but no-one will surely bet against Cristiano Ronaldo wanting to be centre stage in the spotlight.
With two wins each, there is nothing between the two teams but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says they both have a different approach.
“English football is very different, very physical,” said Zidane. “That’s why it’s going to be a very interesting match between a Spanish team and an English team and we will see what happens. As I’ve said before, it’s going to be a ‘small final’, but what we want to do is have a good match and prove that La Liga is better.”
APOEL Nicosia play Borussia Dortmund in Group H’s other match.
In Group F, free scoring Manchester City play host to Napoli who’ve also made a flying start to the season. Curiously, Napoli’s owner has told coach Maurizio Sarri to rest his top players saying they have other priorities, such as Saturday’s Serie A home match against second placed Inter.
City lead Group F with six points followed by Napoli and Shaktar Donetsk who take on Feyenoord.
In Group G, Monaco’s star striker Radamel Falcao has rediscovered his shooting boots so the French side will be confident of overcoming Turkey’s Besiktas. Leipzig take on Porto in the other match.
Liverpool will be looking to win their first match in the competition as they play away to Maribor of Slovenia who sit bottom of Group E with one point.
The game will be the second in eight days for the Merseysiders who next face their premiership rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.