This star to see red: Charlie Nicholas predicts Tottenham v Real Madrid
By Russell Edge
Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has said that he predicts Tottenham will come away with a point when they take on Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The two sides are vying for supremacy at the top of their Champions League group, having both picked up wins against Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia in recent game weeks which has left them joint leaders.
Now Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane are set to come head-to-head at the Bernabeu, with a win putting one of their sides firmly in charge of the group.
Despite the Spanish giants currently sitting as reigning champions of Europe’s premier club competition, Nicholas believes that Spurs will prove to be a real test for Los Blancos.
The former Gunner says that the talent of Harry Kane, who has netted 11 goals in 10 appearances across all competitions for Spurs this season, will prove to be a handful for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, and would not be surprised to see the Spaniard receive his marching orders on Tuesday.
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Predicting a 2-2 draw between the two sides on Sky Sports’ website, he wrote: “I’m looking forward to this. It’s a cracking game and a great test for Mauricio Pochettino and his team.
“They now come up against a side who represent everything great about this competition.
“People may know what I think about Sergio Ramos and the problems he causes for his team. He will be in for a real test in facing Harry Kane and I could see him being wound up into a red card.
“Eric Dier will have a tough job in picking up Isco. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I’m going for Tottenham to get a result here.”
Spurs’ last visit to the Bernabeu may bring up some unpleasant memories for the Lilywhites, as they suffered a humbling 4-0 defeat in the Champions League quarter finals back in 2011.
They come into Tuesday’s clash off the back of a 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth, with Christian Eriksen’s second half strike giving Tottenham their first league win at Wembley this season.
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