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Pochettino wants to keep ‘identity’ against Real Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino has asked his players to keep their identity when they face Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

Spurs face back-to-back games with the Champions League holders in what could turn out to be a very important fortnight in Group H.

Both teams sit top of the group after two wins out of two games, making Tuesday’s game at the Bernabeu a huge clash.

“We’re so excited to go to Madrid and play Champions League,” said Pochettino, who knows Madrid well after spending time in charge of Espanyol.

“It will be a very tough game but in the same way it’s so exciting to play Champions League against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu. It’s a fantastic situation to show our quality and try to win.”

Whilst the Argentine coach stressed the important of winning, he also asked his players to keep to their usual style of play and asked them to maintain the identity that has made them genuine title contenders in England.

“We have to keep our identity. Of course, sometimes in this kind of game you have to compete in the best way knowing that they will push you and force you play deeper. We will play in the opposition’s half, try to dominate the game and try to score goals, that’s so important.

“It’s a special game for everyone, not only for me. It’s exciting to face teams at this level. We’re all excited.”

Having beaten Bournemouth at the weekend 1-0, Spurs now sit third in the Premier League – five points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Following the game against Madrid, the North London side will face Liverpool, West Ham United and Manchester United before facing Madrid again on November 1 at Wembley stadium.

Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has four goals already in the competition, whilst Harry Kane of Spurs has five in two games.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia will face off looking to get their first win of the competition.

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