Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has insisted that his team are in 'good spirits' ahead of Wednesday night's crunch Champions League clash with Tottenham at Wembley, despite a shock La Liga defeat at the hands of Girona in their last game.
The reigning European champions were stunned when the Catalan minnows won 2-1 on Sunday, leaving Real playing catch up eight points adrift of Barcelona at the top of the table.
But Zidane claims the domestic setback hasn't actually been damaging ahead of a game against Spurs that has the potential to decide which of the two teams tops Champions League Group H and is seeded in the Last 16 draw.
"We're in good shape. Following a defeat, people may think that we're not in good spirits, but it's quite the opposite," the coach explained (RealMadrid.com).
"We're in good shape fitness-wise and are ready to deliver a good performance," he added.
"It's a good stage on which to deliver a great performance against a strong side and that's what we've got to look to forward to."
As for the literal stage, Zidane is looking forward to be playing the game at Wembley, Spurs' temporary home for the season until their new stadium is opened next year.
"The players are aware of where they're playing. It's a very special setting in which to play football," the Real boss explained.
"In addition to the stadium, which represents a great deal, there will be two very good teams on show, which is really positive for football fans everywhere. I think that I played at the old Wembley and playing there gave you a great buzz.
"This time round I'm not lucky enough to be taking to the pitch, it's my players' turn."