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Spurs v Real Madrid - Mauricio's preview

01 November 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino describes Real Madrid as a team with 'two faces'.

Many pundits have suggested this is a good time to play the Spanish champions and Champions League holders as Real Madrid suffered a 2-1 loss at Girona in La Liga at the weekend.

However, as Mauricio points out, their form in the Champions League is remarkable.

Winners in 2016 and 2017, Real Madrid have lost just two of their 26 matches in the competition in that time and you have to go back to October, 2012 and a 2-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund for their last loss in the group stage - an unbeaten run of 30 matches in the group stage.

“We spoke before the first game - it’s impossible to assess them in La Liga because they have two faces,” said Mauricio. “The mentality can turn quickly.

“Girona or different domestic games are not a reference. In the Champions League it’s a team that is always very competitive and after that defeat (against Girona), they will come trying to compete and trying to win, like us.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy because you don’t get many chances to play in the Champions League against Real Madrid at Wembley.”