Former Tottenham captain Ledley King reflects on Spurs’ Champions League group consisting of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL. Ledley King insists Tottenham’s players will believe they can beat Real Madrid after drawing the Spanish giants in the Champions League.
“It’s a tough group, but that’s what you expect in the Champions League. As a player you’d be happy with Real Madrid and Borussia [Dortmund] – you want to play the toughest and the best games available,” King told BT Sport. King is also of the opinion that both Real Madrid and Borrusia Dortmund will be relishing the prospect of coming up against Spurs at the Wembley Stadium just as Spurs are excited to go and play at the Santiago Bernabeu and Signal Iduna Park respectively.
“I’m sure they’ll be excited to come to Wembley as well. Last season we were very much favourites to get out of the group and obviously that didn’t happen. “This time will be tougher, but the players will look forward to that. To play against Real Madrid is not an every year occurrence. The team will feel if they play to their capabilities they can beat anyone. These are the challenges you want when you become a footballer.”
Tottenham have faced Madrid on four occasions in Europe, drawing one and losing three of their previous meetings. Madrid are chasing a third successive Champions League title, after defeating Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the past two finals. Ledley King spent his entire career at Tottenham playing a total of 321 competitive games from 1999 to 2012 for the English team.