LONDON — Harry Winks believes Tottenham earned Actual Madrid’s respect on the Santiago Bernabeu and says their ongoing success within the Champions League provides them trigger for confidence as they put together to face the European champions once more.
Having beforehand secured back-to-back wins over Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia of their opening two Group H matches, Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect held Actual to a 1-1 draw in Madrid earlier this month.
That tie left the 2 groups stage on the high of the group with an identical information, and they’re going to meet as soon as extra at Wembley on Wednesday evening.
“It should be a troublesome recreation, we all know that,” Winks mentioned. “They’re the most effective groups on this planet so we will respect them — and I assume they are going to respect us as nicely as a result of we performed nicely away on the Bernabeu.
“It is a recreation we’re wanting ahead to, to attempt to bounce again [from Saturday’s defeat against Manchester United] and get a superb outcome.
“We bought a superb outcome in opposition to them a few weeks in the past so hopefully we will get one other one now and end off the Champions League group in a powerful approach. We’re doing nicely within the Champions League so we’re assured going into the sport.”
The final time Spurs hosted the reigning European champions within the Champions League they beat Inter Milan Three-1 on a well-known evening at White Hart Lane in November 2010.
Winks — a boyhood Tottenham supporter who got here via the membership’s academy — was 14 years previous on the time.
“I watched it at dwelling with my dad on the telly,” he mentioned. “It was a terrific evening, a terrific recreation to look at as a Spurs fan, so fingers crossed we will get the identical kind of outcome.
“It is one thing we will goal to do. We will go into the sport anticipating of ourselves that we will do it, and we’re wanting ahead to it. It was a disappointing outcome on Saturday however we have to place that behind us and get ourselves prepared for Wednesday.”
Winks will probably be hoping to play in opposition to Madrid, having additionally began and impressed in opposition to Liverpool and Manchester United within the final fortnight.
“Each alternative I get I make sure that I work arduous to remain within the group,” he mentioned. “It has been a superb few weeks for me, with good outcomes. Sadly, Saturday [against United] wasn’t the identical, however each alternative I get I am going on the market to work arduous and do nicely.”
Ben is ESPN FC’s Tottenham blogger. Comply with on Twitter: @BenPearceSpurs.