Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 away at Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Pundit Jamie Redknapp has Sky Sports’ The Debate that he was impressed with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Real Madrid due to the number of players they couldn’t call upon.
Tottenham travelled to the Spanish capital to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League, and after a somewhat unconvincing 1-0 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday, few were giving Spurs a chance.
Zinedine Zidane’s side – who have won three of the last four Champions League finals – were overwhelming favourites at the Santiago Bernabeu, but were stunned when Tottenham took the lead.
Serge Aurier’s marauding run forward and cross into the allowed Harry Kane to flick the box goalwards, and the ball ricocheted off Raphael Varane’s shins and flew into the net for a shock opener.
Tottenham couldn’t make it to half time with their lead in tact though, as Aurier tripped Toni Kroos on his route to goal, and the resulting penalty was confidently dispatched by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both teams had chances to win the game, with Hugo Lloris making a host of fine saves to keep Spurs in the game, whilst Kane and Christian Eriksen both went close late on for Tottenham as the two sides had to settle for a point each.
After the final whistle, pundit Jamie Redknapp spoke to Sky Sports’ The Debate about Tottenham’s performance, and he raved about the display, considering that Mauricio Pochettino was without key players such as Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli.
Redknapp added that he felt right back Aurier ‘did really well’ having slammed the Ivorian just weeks ago, whilst he also commented on the experience that midfielder Harry Winks will have gained from playing in such a big game.
“For me, the thing that really sticks out is that, at the start of the year, we were all talking about Tottenham and that maybe their deficiency would be that their squad isn’t big enough,” said Redknapp. “Now, they’ve gone to the Bernabeu without Dembele, who I think is so important for them, Danny Rose was on the bench, Wanyama didn’t play, Dele Alli was suspended, and they’ve gone there, and more than held their own. I think that shows you that the depth of the squad is not perhaps as bad as everyone thinks.”
“The right back, Aurier, did really well, and I was very critical of him a few weeks ago when he got sent off against West Ham. Harry Winks…90 minutes for that young man, in a stadium like that – he’s played 50 games today, he really has. The experience of playing against Ronaldo, having to eyes in the back of your head in that midfield, what a brilliant day for him. I thought it was a brilliant result for them, and the big thing that stuck out for me was that they did it with a few of their big-name players not playing,” he added.