Spurs make Pochettino proud against Madrid

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his players after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

An own goal from Raphael Varane was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty just before halftime as Spurs emerged from Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with a point.

"I'm really proud and so happy," Pochettino said. "Everybody wanted to compete and show ourselves that we can compete at this level. The performance was fantastic.

"In the Champions League last season that disappointed us that we didn't compete but in these three games (against Borussia Dortmund, APOEL and Real Madrid) I think the team is more mature and we don’t just play, we compete and that is most important.

"Always I tell the players it's a game to enjoy – play, run, feel free, try to play because [when] you play at that level it's our dream, always, from when we started three years ago, to play in the Champions League, against Real Madrid and in the Bernabeu."

The result leaves Spurs level on points with Real Madrid at the top of Group H, with Borussia Dortmund looking set for an early exit after their surprise 1-1 draw Maribor left them and the Cypriots on just one point each.

"We are on seven points with Real Madrid, it's fantastic," Pochettino added. "Our challenge is to reach the next stage and we are happy with the result. I'm very happy for our fans, for our team and the squad."

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