Tottenham take on Real Madrid
On Wednesday night a Wembley, Tottenham take on Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Whoever wins at Wembley on Wednesday night between Tottenham and Real Madrid will qualify for the last-16. A draw leaves the whole group in the balance.
Borussia Dortmund could be out if they lose to APOEL and Tottenham and Real Madrid tie.
A defeat for APOEL will be curtains for the Cypriots.
Girona 2 – Real Madrid 1
Madrid’s warm up for the Spurs game went very badly.
Girona, the minnows from Barcelona, recorded a shock 2-1 win at home over the reigning La Liga and Champions League holders.
And Girona were good value for their win, coming from behind after Isco scored on the counter-attack.
The hosts turned the tie in the second half with two quick-fire goals from Cristian Stuani and Cristian Portu.
Marcelo v Luka Modric
Spanish TV channel Deportes Cuatro recorded an argument between Marcelo and Luka Modric during the Girona game.
The flare-up was sparked after the Brazilian, who was substituted after 66 minutes by Zinedine Zidane, lost possession and was unable to win it back.
That prompted Modric to call out Marcelo on the pitch. In response, Marcelo barked:
You say that I’ve messed up… and you haven’t?!
Both players reconciled soon after, but it was not the only moment of tension amongst the Real players.
Isco made gestures in Karim Benzema’s direction which suggested the Spanish star was frustrated with his French colleague.
Is Zidane in trouble?
Real Madrid are now eight points behind Barcelona.
After the Girona game, Zidane stayed cool. He reminded Madrid fans that “there is a long way to go and I am not worried.”
Casemiro, on the other hand, appeared more flustered. The defensive midfielder contradicted his manager telling reporters “everyone is concerned.”
On BBC radio on Monday night, Zidane’s problems were put under the microscope.
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