Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has spoken of what he calls a ‘final’ when his side travel to Wembley in two weeks to face Tottenham Hotspur.
In the first fixture between Madrid and Spurs, visiting boss Mauricio Pochettino 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 Zidane has given his thoughts on the game.
“Now there is a return game at Wembley and we will go there to try and win it,” Zidane told reporters.
“We will see how the next game goes. The three points we did not get here, we will try and get them at Wembley, which is now a game like a final.
“It is not their home pitch, and we will try and go there and win the game. If we play away as we did in Dortmund, we will be happy.
“Both goalkeepers intervened to deny the opposition on three or four clear-cut openings and that comes as no surprise to me.
“Lloris put in the sort of performance he needed to and that was a shame for us, what with us carving out a number of chances. We put a point on the board and it’s a fair result overall.
“Every game is tough, especially when you come up against sides that defend very well, as was the case tonight. Things become increasingly difficult when you win because the standards you set are ever higher and the opposition will always put in 250 per cent.”
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.