Real Madrid will have been preparing themselves to face the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen before the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, bit it is highly unlikely they would have focused on Kieran Trippier.
However, Trippier played a key role for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side against the Champions League holders as Tottenham pulled off a memorable 3-1 win at Wembley in the Champions League group stages.
Usual suspects Alli scored a brace and Eriksen were on hand with the goals for North London club, but were other outstanding performers for the Premier League side.
Trippier has become Tottenham’s secret weapon recently and he showed his importance to the team with a phenomenal performance against Madrid on the biggest stage.
The right wing-back coped well defensively, but he is something that is continuing to stun opponents.
The attacking midfielder assisted the opening goal of the game with a brilliant first time cross into the path of Alli and Spurs attackers have become used to latching on to his brilliant service.
He now has a sensational seven assists in just 12 games in all competitions this season and his delivery is inch-perfect on most occasions.
The England’s midfielder really has become a crown jewel to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and his work quite often goes under the radar.
He has not always had his sport so smooth since his arrival from Burnley in 2015 and was originally on the fringes of the team.
He had registered just 19 appearances during his first campaign with Tottenham and just 22 appearances last season, with the presence of Kyle Walker proving difficult for him.
However, he has continued to work hard and his transformation under the Argentinian boss is now clear to see as he is an integral part of Pochettino’s strong side.
Trippier does face competition from Serge Aurier – who joined Spurs in the summer – for a pot in the starting XI, but his superb performance surely makes him the current number one right-back.
He is set to continue terrorising opposition’s full-backs as he bombs forward and teams must become aware of his dangerous precision crossing.