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Pochettino: "Getting to compete against the best team in the world represents a great opportunity"

NEWS | 16/10/2017 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

"Real Madrid have this tremendous ability to move up a gear whenever they need to and we need to be prepared to face them at their best", noted the Tottenham boss.
Mauricio Pochettino and Hugo Lloris took to the media room at the Santiago Bernabéu with just over 24 hours to go until Tottenham face Real Madrid in the sides' Champions League Matchday 3 fixture (Tuesday, 8:45pm CEST). The Spurs boss was first up to share his impressions: "Getting to compete against the best team in the world represents a great opportunity for us to assess our tactical and mental abilities. We've been working hard to ensure that coming to play here is a positive, and not a negative, experience. We were yet to have competed against the best team in the world and it's a very difficult step to overcome".

"Real Madrid have this tremendous ability to move up a gear whenever they need to and we need to be prepared to face them at their best, whilst being aware of their weaknesses and trying to hurt them. Facing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu is special".

The group phase
"Last year it seemed as if our group would have been easier to get out of and we ultimately ended up finishing third. What we're trying to do now is perform, compete and enjoy ourselves as we play the type of football we want to. We've won our first two games, but we know when you're up against sides of the standing of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund that it'll go right down to the last matchday".

Isco
"Every coach wants to sign the best players. Isco has always been a player whose creative talents place him above the rest and he's currently at the pinnacle of his development at this great club. He's a player we'll have to keep tabs on and his magic is plain for all to see".

Zidane is very assured and doesn't need to prove anything to be the leader. 

"It's only by having players like this that you can win so many titles. Zidane is very natural and his management skills are excellent. There's nobody better than him to understand these star players. He's very assured and doesn't need to prove anything to be the leader. That's the most significant thing about him. There's no way you can question his knowledge of the game".

Lloris: "This stadium is a marvellous place in which to play football"
"We've gained in confidence with the results we've achieved, but there's still a long way to go and we haven't achieved anything yet. The important thing is that we're ready to compete against what is currently the best team in the world. We're going to try and enjoy ourselves and be aggressive. This stadium is a marvellous place in which to play football. Real Madrid have greater experience and can up their performance levels at any given time, but we're all raring to go".

Praise for Cristiano Ronaldo
"He's a tremendous player and he has won everything going during his career, but Real Madrid are a top team and they can create chances at any time. It'll be tough and we'll be giving our all to beat them".

Benzema
"He's an extraordinary player and is one of the world's best. He's doing a great job and he's one of their key players. It's no mean feat to perform to the standard that he is producing at Real Madrid. You can only but have respect for him". 

Varane
"I've got great respect for him. He's one of the best defenders in the world and he's won a lot of silverware with Real Madrid. He's been playing at the top of the game for a long time and it'll be great to catch up with him".

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