Tottenham vs Real Madrid: Kane expected to feature in Champions League clash

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he thrives in adversity and believes their first ever trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday can help the Spanish giants shake off the hangover of a sticky start to the season.

A shock defeat to West Ham last week saw Spurs knocked out of the EFL Cup and Manchester United beat them at Old Trafford at the weekend, but Pochettino wants to see his side be fearless when they face Real Madrid.

"Harry for me is one of the best number nines in Europe, maybe the best", he said. We feel very confident going into the game, in a good, or not good form, and I think that Real are quality.

Tottenham are still sweating on the fitness of striker Harry Kane ahead of Wednesday's clash after a hamstring tweak meant he was unable to feature at Old Trafford.

"It was a disappointing result on Saturday [against Manchester United] but we've got to put that behind us".

"Of course it's a game where you have to be courageous", he added.

"Of course we are fearless in the way we are going to play". There is always pressure, but despite that we're not going to lose our heads. "We'll take the best decision for him, first of all, and then for the team". "We've got a huge game coming up in Real Madrid".

Unfortunately for Spurs, things did not go according to plan, with a late Anthony Martial goal condemning them to defeat. I genuinely expect it to be much closer than the reverse tie in terms of performance and result.

Asked to explain his side's problems, Madrid defender Marcelo claimed a lack of motivation for the more mundane La Liga fixtures might be to blame. There could be a surprise. Sometimes, it is better to play them after a loss and sometimes they can be relaxed and confidenct. "It's a great stage to play on against great opposition", he said.

Pochettino spoke of his hope on Monday that Kane could be back for Wednesday's match at Wembley, but stressed it would be down to the player whether he felt up to playing.

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