first_imgDele Alli was a spectator when Tottenham Hotspur earned a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid last month but after a frustrating wait he will get his first taste of Champions League action this season in tonight’s return at Wembley.The attacking midfielder’s red card for a dreadful tackle in last season’s Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Gent made him ineligible for Tottenham’s first three Champions League games this season.The north London club have done well without him, taking seven points from their first three Group H games and victory over Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid on Wednesday would guarantee a last-16 spot with two games to spare.Alli will be desperate to make an impression after he appeared in all six of Tottenham’s group games last season when they failed to emerge from the group after home defeats by Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.His return will be a boost as Tottenham try to beat Madrid for the first time at the sixth attempt, although he said that they must learn quickly after a 1-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester United at the weekend stopped their recent momentum in its tracks.“We don’t just want to compete, we want to win and as a team, we’re frustrated,” Alli, who wasted a golden chance against United shortly before the hosts grabbed a late winner, said. “We’ve got a huge game coming up in Real Madrid.“It’s important we learn from this, work on what’s gone wrong and keep building as a team because we’re still in a fantastic position and we’ve been in good form.“We can’t let the United defeat knock us back.”Tottenham striker Harry Kane meanwhile could return from a hamstring injury, the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.England international Kane, Tottenham’s leading goalscorer with 13 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, missed last Wednesday’s League Cup defeat by West Ham United and Saturday’s 1-0 league loss at Manchester United.“With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone,” Pochettino said when asked by reporters about Kane’s midweek return. “We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone.“We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.”Real’s first ever trip to Wembley will come as a welcome distraction to the European and Spanish champions in the midst of their worst domestic run of results in five years.Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat to La Liga newcomers Girona saw them fall eight points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the standings, the biggest gap they have faced with a league leader since their final turbulent campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2012/13.Madrid were also defending champions in the Portuguese’s final campaign but came unstuck at the start of the season, dropping eight points in their first four games while Barcelona raced ahead, eventually finishing 15 clear of Madrid while Mourinho had an acrimonious split with the dressing room.The feeling in the Spanish sports press after Zinedine Zidane’s side threw away a 1-0 lead at half-time over the weekend was one of resignation about Madrid’s faltering campaign, as the 32-time Spanish champions have never managed to win the title after falling eight points behind the leaders.last_img

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