Tottenham are in real danger of losing top spot in Group H in the final round of Champions League group play.
Spurs were celebrating on matchday five when they knew that they needed just one point to cement a seeded place in the knockouts after dumping 2013 finalist Borussia Dortmund out of the tournament and being above Real Madrid.
But heading into tonight’s home game against Apoel, anything less than win for Mauricio Pochettino’s manne could see Real, with a superior goal difference, wipe out their three-point advantage at the final hurdle.
Spurs are without a win in their three games since their last Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.
And defender Jan Vertonghen says it’s high time they get back to winning ways.
The Belgian explains: “We have to get back to winning ways and we know that.
“We had a run where we had to win a couple of games and we didn’t so I suppose the pressure is a little bit more, but we know we can win these games.”
Real, meanwhile, host already-eliminated Dortmund, who like Cypriot side Apoel still have to book their place in the Europa League.
The holders, though, have their own problems. Two wins in their last five games are not good enough for Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos, who are eight points behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga.
And Real legend Jorge Valdano reckons they are battling because there are growing rifts in the team.
The former player and coach says: “One of the problems the team has, is the well-known factor of anxiety.
“Cristiano Ronaldo looks for goals from all types of situations. He had a good game against Bilbao but didn’t link up with [Karim] Benzema.
“Benzema doesn’t look for Cristiano and Cristiano doesn’t look for Benzema.”