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Zidane excited to face Spurs

Zinedine Zidane has said he is excited to face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

Real Madrid fell to a stunning defeat to Girona at the weekend and fell a further eight point gap behind league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona.

In the Champions League, Madrid have been good and drew with Spurs 1-1 two weeks previous, making Wednesday’s game at Wembley an appealing clash between the two sides.

“We approach every match with the same mentality to win regardless of location,” Zidane told his pre-match press conference.

“But it is true that Wembley is a beautiful stadium and will host a great spectacle between two teams who will go all out for the win.

“Wembley is important and symbolic inside the world of football but what is more important for me is that we have two great teams coming up against each other on the pitch.

“I played in the old stadium and it was an incredible experience, and I’m sure this one will be for my players too, unfortunately I will never play at the new Wembley!”

Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale will not face Tottenham through injury.

The French defender and Welsh winger are among six players unavailable for Madrid’s game against Spurs at Wembley.

Reports had surfaced that Bale would recover in time to face his former club, but he trained alone on Monday at Valdebebas and has now been left out of the travelling squad.

Keeper Keylor Navas, who has missed Madrid’s last three games with an abductor problem – is also ruled out and will be replaced in the starting eleven by Kiko Casilla.

Both Isco and Varane suffered knocks in the 2-1 defeat on Sunday evening and they trained alone and indoors on Monday morning, with the latter being unable to recover in time to face the English side.

Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic remain still sidelined, meaning Zidane has a selection headache before meeting Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Madrid and Spurs are level on seven points each in Champions League Group H and a victory for either will guarantee them a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

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