5 reasons why Tottenham could stun Real Madrid tonight
Real Madrid make their first ever trip to Wembley in their storied 115-year-old history, with Tottenham Hotspur welcoming them in a crucial tie that could decide how Group H of the UEFA Champions League turns out.
In most years, this result would be a foregone conclusion, but Madrid's poor form and Tottenham's continuing rise could see us witness a historic night.
Here are 5 reasons why Tottenham could surprise Real Madrid tonight:
#1 Wembley may actually work in Tottenham's favour this time
It's no secret that Spurs have struggled at Wembley this season, losing two of 8 games they have played on home turf. However, when the big guns have come around, Tottenham have raised their game at home - the performances against Liverpool (a 4-1 win) and Borussia Dortmund (a 3-1 win) reveal that the Lilywhites prefer the bigger stage.
Wembley lends itself to that anyway - the hallowed ground is made for big games, and they don't come bigger than Real Madrid. This is arguably Tottenham's most momentous game in recent history - welcoming the most successful club of all time to their home ground is sure to ensure that the sell-out crowd will be a racous one.
Roared on by the 12th man, Tottenham will be full of running tonight - which will work perfectly for Mauricio Pochettino's high-pressing game plan. Wembley's notoriously slow turf will also ensure that the metronomic passing of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric and Isco in midfield can be negated, thus allowing Spurs to thrive in their high-tempo style.