REAL MADRID V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL FIRST LEG

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REAL MADRID V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL FIRST LEG
Venue: Bernabeu Stadium Date: Tuesday, 5 April Kick-off: Time 1945 BST

Just about three years and some month ago Spurs were battling for survival in the Premier Leagueunder the manager Juande Ramos on came Redknapp and their fortunes have turned upside down. From being in the relegation zone, they now find themselves running shoulders with the elite in the UEFA Champions league.

Having already beaten Inter Milan in the group stages and then dumping out AC Milan out of the competition, Spurs now face the biggest challenge of them all when they travel to Santiagi Bernabeu to face the Los Blancos in the quarter final of the Champions League.

Tottenham may be Champions League debutants but with the perfromances they have put in this season they will fear no one and going into this intimidating fixture their manager has already said that his troops are under no pressure  "I don't feel pressure. No-one expected us to be here at here at the start of the season and we have a big chance of winning,We're not just coming here to turn up, we want to keep progressing. The dream is still there for us, we have to make that dream come true," he added. "We want to go all the way if we can. We know how difficult it's going to be but there is still a chance and we have to take it." Said Redknapp ahead of the game in Madrid.

Tottenham have enjoyed a dream run in the competition so far and with this year’s final taking place in their home city of London, Redknapp sees no reason why his team cannot upset all odds and make it all the way to the final.

Spurs may have lost the pace in the Premier league as they are currently lying fifth in the EPL table and face a daunting task of qualifying for next year’s competition as City have hit the ground running at the right time but in Champions League Spurs feel they can match any side in the world and their credentials were truly tested in the game against Milan when they came away with flying colours from two legs and di not even concede a goal.

But tonight’s challenge is going to be a much tougher one for Redknapp’s men.

Real may not be all guns blazing in the La Liga but still boast the talents of Kaka, Ronaldo, Benzema, Ozil, Higuain and Angel Di Maria, each single on of them capable of turning any match onto its head.

Although Jose Mourinho said on Friday that Ronaldo may not be fit enough to play against Spurs tonight but we all know Mourinho’s mind games and it would not be a surprise if Ronaldo starts tonight.

Jose Mourinho suffered first home defeat as a coach on Sunday when his side lost to sporting Gijon in the La Liga and Spurs may well face the brunt of that defeat of Mourinho’s men turn on the style tonight.

But the key for Spurs is to be flexible tonight and play safety first and come away with a result that is manageable at home in the second leg.

Spurs have the pace in the form of Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale on the wings and can hurt any side with sheer ferocity of their wingers but the key battles will be fought in the midfield where Xabi Alonso will be running the show for Real and Sandro will have to cope somehow.

An away goal can prove to be priceless in the game tonight and if Spurs get that Real will have to chase the game and that will be a treat to watch for worldwide audiences.

 

 

 

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