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Real Madrid vs Tottenham, 5 Talking Points 

Anirudh Menon
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50.94K   //    18 Oct 2017, 07:26 IST

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Cristiano Ronaldo looked extremely sharp against Spurs

Score: 1-1

Goal scorers: Raphael Varane Own Goal (Crossed in by Serge Aurier, Flicked on by Harry Kane) and Cristiano Ronaldo (off a penalty won by Toni Kroos, who was fouled by Aurier)

After an entertaining 90 minutes, the leaders of group H shared the honours with a goal apiece in a match that had plenty of thrills and spills... and was good value for the 1-1. Both teams created chances aplenty and the clash of playing styles, and kits, was pleasing to the eye. Here are the five main talking points from the match:


#5. Mauricio Pochettino springs surprise with Fernando Llorente

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League
Sergio Ramos had to be at his sharpest to keep Llorente at bay

Having not featured at all in the build-up to the match, Pochettino's decision to do something Spurs rarely do - and play two up-top - took everyone by surprise. While it may just have been Llorente's third match with his new teammates, it was his 22nd time facing Real Madrid and the wily Argentine obviously believed that the big Basque's experience would stand them in good stead.

As with most of the decisions he has taken over the past couple of years, this one proved to be a masterstroke and Kane and Llorente, a big man-big man combination if ever there was one, combined brilliantly throughout.

While Llorente kept the centre-backs busy with his bustling presence in the box, Kane was allowed to roam freely - a moment of inspiration when Kane outfoxed Sergio Ramos and fed in Llorente (only for the Basque to be denied by a clear foul by Casemiro, in the box, which wasn't given) showed just how well the two played together.

In the end, Pochettino's gamble to go with two up-top was validated by his teams, and his striker duo's, performance.

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