Former Tottenham Hotspur winger David Ginola has claimed that the club proved a point on Tuesday night in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side returned home to North London with a respectable point after Raphael Varane’s own goal and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty settled the tie.
Both Spurs and Madrid now sit top of Group H on seven points after two wins and a draw each, whilst Dortmund and APOEL sit in third and fourth respectively.
The English side who had French international Hugo Lloris to thank for keeping the scoreline on level terms – sit third in the Premier League standings and former player Ginola believes that the club have sent a message to world football with their performance.
“It is not really the result itself, it is the message that they send to the world of football,” Ginola told talkSPORT. “Spurs have been playing great football but they were not showing they were capable of taking European football by storm. Last night, they did.
“The performance was great, the setup was great, tactically they were brilliant. They were not stressed, they played like a very mature team, even with young players. Spurs are going in the right direction.”
In the other Group H game, APOEL Nicosia held Borussia Dortmund, who despite their good form in the Bundesliga – have struggled in Europe, securing their first point of the competition in Cyprus.
Domestically, Madrid will now prepare to face Eibar on Saturday evening looking to maintain their improved form after a stuttering start which has left them behind league leaders Barcelona.
Spurs will face Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League; a side that beat Maribor 7-0 in their Champions League game on Tuesday evening.