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Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham: 3 Spurs talking points

Tuesday 17th October 2017
In the third week of the Champions League group stage, two in-form teams battled it out at the world-famous Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid welcomed the Harry Kane team to Spain in a contest to establish dominance over Group H. What followed was an end-to-end game filled with potent attacking threat on both sides.
The Bernabeu was stunned into silence in the 28th minute when a Harry Kane flick took a huge deflection off Raphael Varane. Cristiano Ronaldo levelled proceedings in the 43rd minute through a well-taken penalty. The score would remain the same until full-time and Tottenham would earn themselves a valuable point in Spain.

Here are three talking points from Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.  

Harry Winks comes of age

Many eyebrows were raised when the 21-year-old's name was featured on the team sheet. The youngster has gradually become more and more prevalent in Mauricio Pochettino's plans. So far he has made six league appearances this season, playing 212 minutes in the Premier League.

Clearly, he's impressed in those cameos as the Tottenham manager trusted him with the task of playing against a midfield consisting of; Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Winks responded by putting in the performance of a lifetime. Not only did he work tirelessly in defence, he never once shied away from the ball in the build-up.
At the Bernabeu, Winks maintained an incredible 91% passing accuracy, made 44 passes, won 2 aerials and made 2 interceptions. He put in a well-rounded performance that will give him the confidence to take his game to the next level.

Mauricio Pochettino masterclass

Even without the likes of Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama, Mauricio Pochettino was still able to field a team capable of competing with the European Champions. The 3-5-2 formation that Pochettino deployed was perfect in every aspect. In defence, the back three turned into a back five, thus forcing Madrid to play around them and not through them.
In attack, the formation meant Tottenham always had a spare man in transition, allowing them to fully utilise the acres of space Real Madrid were leaving behind them. The system stifled Madrid in the first half but the Galacticos began to make slight headway in the second, however, it wasn't enough to break down a resilient Spurs team.

Davinson Sanchez excels

Mauricio Pochettino seemed to use this trip to the Bernabéu as a chance to determine which of his youngsters are the real deal. Tottenham signed Davinson Sanchez in the summer for approximately £40million, and the youngster has looked worth every penny this season.

Against Real Madrid, Mauricio Pochettino decided to play a back three with Sanchez as the RCB. This meant the Colombian would have to deal with the trickery of Isco whilst tracking the overlaps of Marcelo. The 21-year-old's positioning was exceptional and his 1v1 defending was impeccable.
Throughout the course of the game, the centre-back made 3 clearances, intercepted 3 passes and won 2 aerials. He's the main reason Tottenham were able to limit the effectiveness of Cristiano Ronaldo as well as they did.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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