Real Madrid defender Marcelo is aware of the threat Tottenham poses even as Los Blancos suffers a dip in form.
Either side could guarantee their progress from Group H with two games to spare in their group stage encounter later today.
However, though Real are unbeaten in Europe this season their domestic form has been worrying, with Sunday’s shock defeat at Girona leaving them eight points behind Barcelona after 10 league matches.
“Despite everything we’re not going to lose our heads,” he added. “We need to stay cool, calm and collected at this moment and work hard to put things right.”
Marcelo also went on to defend Tottenham Hotspur against accusations that they are dependent on striker Harry Kane as a team, but admitted that the striker’s absence could have a profound impact on Real Madrid’s return Champions League fixture against Spurs at Wembley.
“For me it does make a big difference if he is not fit,” Marcelo said. “Kane is a very important player, but Tottenham are far more than just one player.”
“I’ve seen many of their matches and I’ve seen Harry Kane do great things but I’ve also seen the rest of their team produce great things out on the pitch. For us the most important thing is not just to think about Kane but rather to consider the group, and be ready to take on the team as a whole.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane suggested that there were aspects of Real’s current troubles that he actually enjoys.
“After a defeat of course people aren’t happy but in some ways I actually like this,” he said. “I like the motivation of a big match coming, so we can get back to winning ways.”
“This is something that inspires me. When the going gets tough, that’s when I’m at my best. Life after all is like this: there are hard moments but you need to work through them and come back stronger.”