On 5 April 2011 Spurs travelled to the Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid with a back four of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Michael Dawson and Vedran Corluka. This was an intelligent, gutsy display by Spurs, who always looked to attack.
"Of course they are going to have chances but we played well and made it tough for them". This is a still a team that can call on the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, after all. A shot from the German side in the first half was kept from the back of the net by a Sergio Ramos handball. "We don't need to change a lot", Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.
"You want to look after him".
The 27-year-old appeared for the final 10 minutes in the Spanish capital, his first outing since openly criticising the club's transfer policy and wage structure, having been out since January with an ankle problem. He was a threat the entire game, and Madrid knew it. He reacts to the challenge at hand, and against Spurs at the Santiago Bernabeu this week the challenge will, in part, be to stop the hottest striker in the European game right now.
5' - Brilliant from Madrid, Marcelo lifting a ball from the left touchline to the right side of the box, perfect for Achraf, who clips into the middle. and with Vertonghen ballwatching, Ronaldo butts a header against the near post! If a penalty were converted and a red card issued, things would undoubtedly have ended quite differently than a 3-1 Real win.
Ronaldo's goal came after Kroos was brought down by Aurier inside the area.
And Ronaldo then couldn't believe his eyes as Lloris leapt to turn over his rising drive which was headed for the top corner.
The result means that Spurs are looking assured to progress through to the knockout phase of the competition.
Tottenham and Real Madrid have identical records heading into tonight's match from their opening two games in Group H. He will score goals and we will help him score. "We wanted a clean sheet, too, but sometimes you can't do anything about it".
Tottenham missed two glorious chances in the second half, with Harry Kane being denied by a wonderful save from Keylor Navas when he should have scored.
And then there was Fernando Llorente, drafted in surprisingly to play alongside Harry Kane up front. "At this level it's a great feeling to get a good draw".