Real result Spurs on ambitious Tottenham

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:48 AM Tottenham Champions League draw at Real Madrid was the moment they proved they can compete at the highest level, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris took the plaudits for keeping out Real's glut of chances in either half while Madrid stopper Keylor Navas was also in inspired form in a highly entertaining 1-1 game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Borussia Dortmund's surprise 1-1 draw at Group H minnows APOEL Nicosia means Spurs and Real are six points clear after three group matches and within touching distance of sealing their place in the last 16.

That marks a huge contrast for Pochettino's side from their early exit from the competition last season.

"This was an opportunity to show we can compete and this game is fundamental to us on a mental level," Pochettino told a news conference.

"Last year was very sad as we couldn't continue in a competition that really excited us but we've made a huge step forward.

"We are developing this club's potential for the future, which is enormous.

France international Lloris made an outstanding save with his feet to deny Karim Benzema in the second half as well as thwarting Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco.

"Hugo was fantastic. He deserves a big prize, he showed his real level," Pochettino said.

"Today you saw why we often say Hugo is one of the best goalkeepers in the world."

Real coach Zinedine Zidane also paid tribute to his compatriot Lloris as well as his own goalkeeper Navas, who made two impressive late saves to deny Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

"The two goalkeepers were two superheroes tonight," Zidane said.

"Sometimes you just have to accept that.

"We're not happy because we always want to win when we're at home.

"We did things well but they defended well and in the end it's a normal draw."

Source: AAP

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